About 14,000 South Sudanese Flee to Ethiopia in Two Months

Addis Ababa Close to 14,000 South Sudanese have crossed over to Gambella Regional State in the past two months due lack of security in the country, the Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) disclosed.

The refugees said they fled their country due to the conflict between the two rival warring parties and lack of food triggered by the conflicts.

ARRA Program Coordinator in Gambella, Legesse Driba told ENA that the number of refugees seeking refuge in Ethiopia from South Sudan is growing.

The new arrivals are being sheltered at Gupyel Refugee Camp in the region.

The incoming refugees expressed their concerns that the influx of refugees from South Sudan could continue unabated unless the crises in South Sudan are resolved.

More than 2,000 refugees are currently provided with temporary shelter at Pamdong temporary shelter and efforts are being made to transport them to Gupyel Refugee Camp.

The Coordinator added that ARRA is currently providing food, potable water, health, and other humanitarian services for the refugees.

He said huge influx of refugees from South Sudan had complicated the provision of humanitarian services and called upon international donor agencies to support efforts that are being made by the Administration.

Most of the refugees have families with children and are highly appreciative of the humanitarian services they are receiving through ARRA.

To date 413,000 refugees from South Sudan are provided with various humanitarian services in seven refugee camps in Gambella Region.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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