UN regains access to Tigray camps hosting Eritreans


The United Nations says it has regained access to two Eritrean refugee camps in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray but warned that people living there were facing dire conditions.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, since July 13, violent clashes in the northern region had prevented their staff from reaching the Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps.

It is now calling for help to safely transfer the refugees to new facilities in Alemwach near Dabat town, 135km away.

The UN agency has also expressed concern over fresh displacement from fighting in Amhara and Afar regions – with an estimated 170,000 people internally displaced. It also observes that more refugees had been crossing into Sudan.

The agency is appealing for more than $164.5m (£118.9m) to assist about 750,000 people in Tigray – and some 120,000 Ethiopian refugees in Sudan.

The conflict, which began in November last year, has forced over two million people to flee their homes, with hundreds of thousands pushed into famine conditions.

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