“We are waiting for new arrivals. Since mid-September and to date there are about 50,000 Sudanese refugees who have crossed the border and until the fighting in the regions of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan continues, the exodus of civiliansfleeing the fighting is not going to drop ” said to MISNA Demissew Bizuwork, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ethiopia, the new office coordinating body to Assosa, capital of the Benishangul region on the border with Sudan.
For women and children forced to endure long days of marches in the forest, the humanitarian coordination recovers them using buses and trucks: it is estimated that over the last four or five months, refugees have been crossing the border at the rate of 200-300 per day.
“Most of them have been transferred in the fields of Tongo, Sherkole and Adamanzine” confirmed the Bizuwork, however, noting that ”the absorption capacity of these facilities has almost reached the maximum level.”
The Ethiopian government contributes to humanitarian coordination and the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced the construction of two new fields to Bambas, south of Assos. Speaking in Addis Ababa at the presentation of the annual report of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Deputy Prime Minister has renewed its call on the governments in Khartoum and Juba to avoid the escalation of military confrontation that would destabilize the entire region .