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WHO takes urgent action to address health situation in Kulle South-Sudanese Refugee Camp, Gambella in Ethiopia

Kulle Refugee Camp in Gambella Region, western Ethiopia, currently hosts about 35,000 of the 97,000 refugees from South Sudan taking shelter in three camps in the region. Almost 66 per cent of the refugees in Kulle are women and children. The WHO assessment team led by the WHO Representative comprising technical experts in emergency and outbreak response, malaria, water and sanitation, immunization, and communication, witnessed the concerning health conditions at the camp on 22 April 2014 whilst assessing the situation to urgently intensify WHO technical support.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 21 April 2014

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  • Assessment results in Boricha and Dale woredas of SNNPR suggest that the under-estimation of relief food beneficiaries and the absence/delay in Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSF) interventions are likely parts of the reasons for the high increase in TFP admissions in the areas.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudanese find peace in Ethiopia as rains near and war continues

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Shelters are running out, medicine is in short supply and the rainy season threatens refugees arriving in Gambella.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

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Waters Over Tierkidi Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Tierdiki camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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Waters Over Lietchuor Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Lietchuor camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. Some areas are covered by clouds. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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UNHCR flies in more aid for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia; relocates refugees to higher ground as rainy season approaches

As the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Ethiopia passes the 95,000 mark, UNHCR and its partners are working to improve conditions in the western Gambella region – flying in new tents, building new camps, and moving refugees to higher ground as the rainy season approaches.

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After surviving a dash for freedom, South Sudanese just happy to have home

KULE REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, April 14 (UNHCR) – The ordinary act of cooking sorghum stew comes as a nearly revolutionary blessing for 25-year-old Nyakuor Duer after all she's survived. The South Sudanese woman trekked 22 days on foot, feeding four small children wild leaves and fruit plucked from trees along the way, just to find safety in next-door Ethiopia.

She and the children, ranging from a few months to 11 years, made it. Her husband, five brothers, her mother and stepmother did not. She has no idea what happened to them. Whether they are dead or alive.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin,14 April 2014

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  • With the continued heavy influx, the expected number of South Sudanese refugees in Gambella region was increased to 200,000 people, up from 150,000 people last week.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Urgent assistance needed for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa/Paris/New York, 10 April 2014 – Tens of thousands of refugees who have fled violence and deprivation in South Sudan and sought refuge in camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region are faced with a lack of water, food and sanitation and are suffering from a range of emergency medical conditions, including highly infectious measles, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.

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Ethiopia: WFP, UNHCR Chiefs Shine Spotlight On Plight Of South Sudanese Refugees

With conflict continuing in South Sudan, WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres are calling on the international community to step up their humanitarian response. The two UN agency heads spoke with refugees, government officials and humanitarian workers during a visit last week to Ethiopia, which is registering one of the highest numbers of South Sudanese refugees.

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Red Cross trains South Sudanese refugees

Fekadu Ethiopia, Ethiopia Red Cross Society

Buses full of South Sudanese refugees drive through the mango and fish rich town of Gambella, in southwestern Ethiopia, before finally arriving at the newly set up refugee camp of Leitchor near the border with South Sudan.

“According to official sources, there were more than 29,000 refugees in the Leitchor camp which opened in January,” said Ochan Okello, head of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society regional branch in Gambella.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin,7 April 2014

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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As S.Sudan conflict deepens, a generation loses hope

04/05/2014 04:17 GMT

by Jenny VAUGHAN

GAMBELA, April 5, 2014 (AFP) - Bang Chuol was studying to become a geographer in South Sudan when soldiers arrived at his home and gunned down his entire family, forcing him to flee in an instant.

"I saw them die myself," the demure 20-year-old said, speaking in a crowded refugee camp in Ethiopia.

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Urgent support needed to save lives

Around 75.000 people have crossed into Ethiopia from South Sudan, since the fighting in the young nation erupted in December 2013. The humanitarian situation for the refugees is alarming.

NRC has been on the ground responding to the needs of the refugees in Gambella in Ethiopia. More than 17.000 refugees have arrived Gamebell, and NRC is working in several camps where delivery of timely humanitarian assistance is urgently required.

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UNHCR, WFP Leaders Witness Shocking State of South Sudanese Refugees during Ethiopia Visit

The refugees, mostly women and children, reported walking up to three weeks before reaching the border. Many described surviving on grass, wild fruits and leaves.

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IOM Ethiopia Relocates 57,000 Refugees from South Sudan Border

Ethiopia - IOM Ethiopia has moved some 57,000 South Sudanese refugees from the South Sudan border to camps inside Ethiopia since violence broke out between South Sudan’s government and opposition forces in December 2013.

In Ethiopia’s Gambella province, IOM boats have moved up to 450 people a day from Akobo-Tergol. Road convoys have moved up to another 2,000 people a day from Pagak. Destinations include Fugnido, Leitchor and Kule (former Tierkidi) refugee camps, where the refugees are provided with shelter and food.

International Organization for Migration:

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 31 March 2014

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  • With the rapidly increasing South Sudanese influx, existing camps are quickly reaching capacity. As of 28 March, UNHCR and ARRA registered some 87,000 South Sudanese asylum seekers in Ethiopia. The planning figure will likely be increased from 150,000 to 200,000 in the near future.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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IOCC Responds to Urgent Needs of South Sudanese Refugees

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Nygnwak, 30, and her seven family members are among the more than 80,000 South Sudanese who have sought refuge in Ethiopia since fleeing inter-ethnic conflict that erupted in their own country last December. The refugees' makeshift shelters in open fields provide little protection to the elements and no access to clean water or sanitation.

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Ethiopia - Refugees (ECHO Daily Flash - 29 March 2014)

Latest official figures of this week show that 77 135 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Gambella. Existing camps are currently overburdened, services available are insufficient, and there is an increasing pressure to relocate refugees to camps further away from the border.

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MSF Races to Aid South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

MSF has rapidly expanded its operation to cope with massive influx of South Sudanese refugees. It is estimated more than 75.000 refugees have arrived in Gambella region since mid-December.