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21 Nov 2014 description

IOM has resumed transport by boat and road of South Sudanese refugees stranded by heavy rains and flooding in Matar to Fugnido refugee camp in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia, 300 kms away, following an agreement between Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR.

The relocation operation started this week with the movement of 286 refugees by boat and bus from Matar to Fugnido via the Itang way station. The two-day journey involves an overnight stop in Itang, where IOM, UNHCR and WFP provide food, water, sleeping mats and blankets.

20 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,922 individuals, comprising 191,359 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.

18 Nov 2014 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

13 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,649 individuals, comprising 191,086 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.

10 Nov 2014 description

KEY EVENTS

  • Some 5,000 Eritrean refugees, primarily from Asmara, arrived in Ethiopia during October.

  • DRMFSS dispatched initial relief food assistance to flood affected people in Dassenech woreda and is collaborating with FAO and sector partners to initiate livestock intervention.

  • Woredas in the lowlands of Oromia that did not receive enough rains to replenish water sources continue to report water shortages

06 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 190,965 individuals.

  • The average arrival rate of South Sudanese refugees to the Gambella region has remained low during the rainy season, with an average of 90 South Sudanese refugees arriving daily in Gambella during the week through Burbiey. New arrivals from Burbiey were relocated to Matar way station with assistance from IOM for transport.

05 Nov 2014 description

TIERKIDI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, November 5 (UNHCR)– Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has called on the international community to do much more to help tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia.

05 Nov 2014 description

Ethiopia: Refugee Operation: Influx from South Sudan

Highlights

  • According to UNHCR as of 24 October about 190,965 refugees had arrived to Ethiopia from South Sudan since mid-December 2013. The main entry points continue to be Pagak, Burubiey and Akobo Tergole.

  • The road to Matar is likely to clear of water soon but is expected to require full maintenance/rebuilding over a 20km stretch which has been washed away by the over-flowing river.

05 Nov 2014 description

11/5/2014 - 01:39 GMT

by Jacey FORTIN

With war raging in South Sudan and severe flooding in Ethiopia's western state of Gambela, 10-year old refugee Nyanhial Gatkuoth is caught in the middle.

For four months the little South Sudanese refugee has been living at Pagak, an Ethiopian town on the border with her war-torn home country.

"I miss going to school," she told AFP. "In South Sudan, I was learning English."

Now she spends her free time playing with other children, using an inflated rubber glove as a football.

05 Nov 2014 description

The Government is to provide €2 million to aid agencies responding to the deepening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced.

03 Nov 2014 description

With the conflict in South Sudan prompting civilians to seek refuge in Ethiopia, and intercommunal violence generating internal displacement in different parts of the country, the ICRC and its partners have been moving quickly to bring aid to the people who need it most.

03 Nov 2014 description

Contextual Background

Background

At the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (mid‐December 2013), refugees began arriving at Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak and Akobo, as well as Burbiey, Mataar and Raad). 10,746 refugees were relocated to IOM in June 2014 (Total relocated since Jan. 2014 is 77,405). Currently Pagak hosts over 3,000 refugees.

Areas of Origin

03 Nov 2014 description

Contextual Background

Pattern in Population Change

As refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Tierkidi (formerly Kule 2) was opened in April 2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Pagak and Burbiey entry points.

Areas of Origin

The population is primarily comprised of refugees originating from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

Cultural Background

The refugees are predominantly ethnic Luo-Nuer.