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Weekly Gedaref Operational Update #20, 11 – 22 November 2021


Operational Highlights

Ethiopian refugees relocated from Hamdayet to Tunaydbah: On 22 November, UNHCR, Sudan’s Commission for Refugees (COR) and partners resumed the relocation of 129 Ethiopian refugees from Hamdayet Transit Centre to Tunaydbah camp. This was the first movement from Hamdayet since the exercise was temporarily put on hold earlier this year. A large number who signed up for relocation were male, singleheaded households and most indicated they were relocating to be closer to family and friends already in Tunaydbah. Eight (8) buses and four (4) trucks were leased to facilitate the relocation of refugees and their belongings. Several partners involved in the relocation provided various types of assistance, including hot meals, biscuits and water, face masks and hand sanitizers. A medical escort accompanied the convoy to Tunaydbah, where refugees were received by UNHCR and partners and assigned shelters. Registration for the second convoy, which is planned for 25 November, is ongoing.

New Ethiopian arrivals recorded in eastern Sudan: There was a slight uptick in the number of Ethiopians crossing into eastern Sudan compared to the previous reporting period. As of 18 November, 153 new arrivals were reported in Hamdayet, bringing the total population there to 6,213. Elsewhere, 49 new arrivals were recorded in Taya border entry point. This brings the total number of new arrivals who crossed via Taya to 2,371 since the influx began in July. Registration for both these groups continues.