UNHCR Chief Meets Ethiopian Refugees In Sudan

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visits eastern Sudan where Ethiopian refugees who have fled violence in the Tigray region are being hosted. He was joined by the Norwegian Minister of International Development, Mr. Dag-Inge Ulstein and met refugees in Um Rakuba camp.

Grandi called for peace in Ethiopia through negotiation and political talks to end the fighting that began in November 2020 and has displaced hundreds of thousands inside the country and forced nearly 48,000 people to flee to Sudan.

High Level Information Sharing Session

The 5th of October IGAD and UNHCR co-hosted a special high-level information sharing session of the IGAD Support Platform on the Solutions Initiative for the displacement situation in South Sudan and Sudan.

Over the past year, under the leadership of the governments of South Sudan and Sudan, national strategies and accompanying action plans have been developed. Validated by a wide range of stakeholders.

Refugees, internally displaced people, returnees and host communities were extensively included in national dialogues. Ensuring that their needs and interests are included in the planning and management of these national processes. The result is significant progress on an inclusive regional strategy and action plan.

Humanitarian and development partners, donors and the private sector also have a significant role in supporting the two countries to sustain current aid efforts. The participants welcomed the various types of support provided to the Initiative by partners including the European Union, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Germany and the World Bank. And invited other humanitarian and development partners to join the effort.

There are over 2.2 million refugees from South Sudan hosted in the region. Another 1.7 million displaced in the country. There are more than 1.8 million Sudanese internally displaced. Mainly in the Darfur region. And over 700,000 Sudanese refugees located in neighbouring countries. The IGAD member states are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

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