Ethiopia internal conflict may lead more than 200,000 people cross borders warns UN

The Ethiopian people are streaming into neighbouring Sudan every day from Ethiopia's conflict-impacted northernmost region, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said on Friday. The UN Refugee Agency estimated that up to 200,000 people could take refuge in eastern Sudan in the coming six months if instability in Tigray continues, Dujarric said.

The problem in providing aid lies basically with the inability to move relief supplies into the region and the lack of access to those in need. The internal displacement of people also grows daily. Providing hot meals, high-energy biscuits and food rations, the World Food Programme (WFP), is also providing logistics support, establishing supply hubs to store supplies and through its UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) is transporting humanitarian responders to affected areas, he said. USD 75 million has been set by the world organization's agencies as necessary to help the displaced and refugees until January.

The WFP needs to increase the number of UNHAS flights, and road repairs to allow responders to reach remote and inaccessible areas where refugees are arriving, the spokesman said. The Unicef reports that about 45 per cent of refugees are children under 18 years old and that since schools had already re-opened in Ethiopia, schooling has been disrupted, Dujarric quoted from UNICEF report. Since the early hours of November 4, the Ethiopian government has been undertaking military operations against the The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) over the electoral decisions. 

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