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UNHCR Ethiopia Refugee Response Plan: Quarterly Monitoring Report, PoCs from Sudan, January 2020 - June 2020

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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Sudanese refugees have arrived in successive waves, in 1997 and from 2011 to the present. UNHCR is providing humanitarian assistance to Sudanese refugees in five camps in the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State in Ethiopia.

The registered refugee population in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region stands at 39,985 individuals, of which 65.5% (42,945) are Sudanese, 33.2% (21,808) are South Sudanese, and 1.31% from other nationalities. In the first six months of 2020, a total of 1,700 new arrivals were received out of which 1,483 were registered before the closure of the border; the remaining 218 new arrivals were received after the border closure. To curb the spread of COVID- 19, Ethiopia closed its land borders in March and the Government issued the State of Emergency soon after. Movement restrictions have been enforced, and refugees who have arrived in the Benishngul-Gumuz Region from other parts of Ethiopia or other countries have been quarantined. Benishangul-Gumuz Region is one of the Regions affected by COVID-19. The overall security situation is relatively calm and most protection and assistance activities in the Refugee Camps have continued without any major disruptions except the delays of food arrivals.