Ethiopia – Refugee influx from South Sudan (DG ECHO, DRC, UNHCR) (ECHO Daily Flash of 10 January 2018)
Since the beginning of the year 2018, due to heavy fighting and food insecurity and thanks to easier access since the end of the rainy season, there is a surge in refugees from South Sudan arriving in Gambela region. 2 300 individuals have been registered in Pamdong reception center in only three days.
Services in the reception center still need to be substantially scaled up to meet the needs of the new arrivals, mainly women and children.
DG ECHO, together with its partners, has been advocating to Ethiopian authorities and UNHCR for additional capacity to host refugees in Gambela. Nguenyyiel camp might be expanded from the current capacity of 87 000 to 120 000 people. There are now nearly 900 000 refugees in Ethiopia, including 84 000 new arrivals from South Sudan in 2017. DG ECHO has contributed over EUR 36 Million to the refugee response in Ethiopia in 2017.