Sudan: Women, children among thousands fleeing Tigray war

People fleeing the fighting in the Ethiopian state of Tigray disembarked in the small Sudanese town of Hamdayet looking for refuge from the violence, as footage released on Monday shows. «We worked for so many years, we left everything and fled. We came with the clothes on our backs,» said Azeeb an Ethiopian refugee at the riverbank of the River Sitter by the small town of Hamdayet in East Sudan, where people, including women and children, were seen disembarking from small boats and gathering their belongings before walking into the town. «The situation is very bad. There are about 15,000 people here right now, who fled and have basically arrived in the last five days. We have started to provide assistance services — UNHCR, WFP, The Sudanese Red Cross, Muslim Aid and other service providers. And you can see the start of some assistance provision but much more needs to be done,» explained Jens Hesemann who acts as an Assistant Representative for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the scene. The increasing numbers of refugees are already overwhelming the capacities of the country and are raising concerns about sanitation and hygiene according to UNHCR.

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