Working in the Sherkole camp marks the beginning of IRC's move towards providing services throughout the western Ethiopian refugee camps. IRC will be coordinating its efforts with Save the Children - Sweden, ZOA refugee care, as well as UNHCR and the governmental refugee body, ARRA.
The Sherkole camp was established in 1997 following fighting in the Upper Nile state of Sudan, and presently shelters 14,500 refugees from a variety of Sudanese ethnic groups: Mabans, Funj, Uduks, and Dinkas.
This new BPRM grant also provides funding for quick impact projects in the Yarenja refugee camp, located in a remote area along the Blue Nile. IRC Ethiopia plans to conduct a needs assessment mission in Yarenja in October 2002, and to start the implementation of its quick impact projects in the beginning of 2003.