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Ethiopia Situation – Tigray Emergency Response

  Situation Description

In early November 2020, military confrontations between federal and regional forces in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which borders both Sudan and Eritrea, led the Government to declare a State of Emergency. Since then, and despite the announcement of an official end to military operations at the end of November, Ethiopia’s Tigray region has continued to be affected by armed clashes and insecurity.

Since the violence began, more than 50,000 people have fled into Sudan in search of safety as of mid-December. During the height of the influx, more than 1,000 people on average were arriving each day, overwhelming the capacity to provide aid.

UNHCR is working with authorities in Sudan to provide lifesaving assistance to the thousands of Ethiopian women, children and men arriving in search of refuge. UNHCR and the Sudanese Commissioner for Refugees (COR) are screening and registering new arrivals, and temporarily sheltering them in transit centres located near the border entry points. Water and meals are being provided, as well as health screening, including for COVID-19. UNHCR and the authorities have set up a new refugee camp at Um Rakuba, 70 kilometres from the border, with a capacity to host up to 30,000 people, and are identifying and preparing additional sites.

Prior to the crisis, the Tigray region of Ethiopia hosted 95,929 registered Eritrean refugees, approximately 100,000 Ethiopian internally displaced persons (IDPs), and some 500,000 people dependent on food relief assistance. In addition, 1 million people received safety net assistance. There are growing concerns of tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees and Ethiopian civilians being internally displaced within Tigray and further into the country.

Across the Tigray region, the conflict as well as the lack of basic services and shortages of food, water, fuel, and cash for over a month has severely impacted the lives of Eritrean refugees, IDPs and civilians. UNHCR has not had access to the four Eritrean refugee camps in Tigray since the start of the conflict in early November. UNHCR and partner staff who remained in Shire have been able to assist some 5,000 IDPs in the town with water, high energy biscuits, clothes, mattresses, sleeping mats and blankets from pre-existing stocks in the area.

UNHCR, in partnership with the Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), UN agencies and NGO partners has pre-positioned stocks of core relief items and stands ready to provide urgent humanitarian assistance and protection services to the Eritrean refugees in Tigray, along with the growing number of IDPs and vulnerable host communities.
  Tigray Emergency Response
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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #4 - as of 31 July 2021

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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #4 - as of 31 July 2021
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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #3 - as of 25 July 2021

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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #3 - as of 25 July 2021
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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #2 - as of 17 July 2021

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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #2 - as of 17 July 2021
    Publish date: 18 July 2021 (18 days ago)
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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Population Profiles, as of 01 July 2021

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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Population Profiles, as of 01 July 2021
    Publish date: 11 July 2021 (25 days ago)
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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Site Profiles, as of 01 July 2021

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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Site Profiles, as of 01 July 2021
    Publish date: 11 July 2021 (25 days ago)
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    UNHCR Tigray Response 3W - Shire - February 2021

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    A resource displaying partners in the refugee response in Tigray
    Publish date: 11 March 2021 (4 months ago)
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    UNHCR Tigray Response 3W - Mai Ani & Adi Harush Camps - February 2021

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    A resource displaying who is doing what in Mai Ani & Adi Harush Refugee camps
    Publish date: 11 March 2021 (4 months ago)
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    UNHCR - Tigray Response 3W - Shire

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    A resource displaying partners in the refugee response in Tigray
    Publish date: 28 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    UNHCR - Tigray Response 3W - Mai Ani & Adi Harush Camps

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    A resource displaying who is doing what where in Mai Ani & Adi Harush Refugee camps
    Publish date: 28 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Sudan Ethiopia Emergency - Inter-Agency Rapid GBV Assessment Report, Eastern Sudan

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    Sudan Ethiopia Emergency - Inter-Agency Rapid GBV Assessment Report, Eastern Sudan
    Publish date: 9 April 2021 (3 months ago)
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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Population Profiles, as of 01 July 2021

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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Population Profiles, as of 01 July 2021
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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Site Profiles, as of 01 July 2021

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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation – Site Profiles, as of 01 July 2021
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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation Update - New Arrivals - East Sudan and Blue Nile - As of 30 June 2021

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    Ethiopian Emergency Situation Update - New Arrivals - East Sudan and Blue Nile - As of 30 June 2021
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    Flash Update on the Heavy Rains and Winds in Gedaref #1 - as 07 July 2021

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    Flash Update on the Heavy Rains and Winds in Gedaref #1 - as 07 July 2021
    Publish date: 7 July 2021 (29 days ago)
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    UNHCR in Sudan - Ethiopia Emergency Situation Population Profile - Tunaydbah Refugee Settlement as of 01 Jun 2021

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    UNHCR in Sudan - Ethiopia Emergency Situation Population Profile - Tunaydbah Refugee Settlement as of 01 Jun 2021
    Publish date: 15 June 2021 (1 month ago)
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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 30 June 2021

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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 30 June 2021
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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 31 May 2021

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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 31 May 2021
    Publish date: 31 May 2021 (2 months ago)
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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 30 April 2021

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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 30 April 2021
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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 31 March 2021

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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 31 March 2021
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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 28 February 2021

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    Ethiopia Emergency Situation - Funding Update - as of 28 February 2021
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    Sudan - Blue Nile Map as of 08 February 2021

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    Sudan - Blue Nile Map as of 08 February 2021
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    SUDAN_Ethiopia Situation-Tunaydbah Settlement Map(As of 17th January 2021)

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    SUDAN_Ethiopia Situation-Tunaydbah Settlement Map(As of 17th January 2021)
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    Sudan: Ethiopia Influx - Inter-Agency Refugee Emergency Response Plan - Nov 2020 to Dec 2021- REVISION of May 2021

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    The revision of the Inter-Agency refugee emergency response plan – Sudan: Refugee influx from Ethiopia, launched on 25 November 2020, expands the time frame of the initial plan to 31 December 2021, in...
    Publish date: 31 May 2021 (2 months ago)
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    UNHCR Sudan: Inter-Agency Refugee Emergency Response Plan, Ethiopia Influx (24 November 2020)

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    UNHCR Sudan: Inter-Agency Refugee Emergency Response Plan, Ethiopia Influx (24 November 2020)
    Publish date: 24 November 2020 (8 months ago)
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    UNHCR welcomes the people of Japan’s contribution in support of the response to Ethiopia’s Tigray region situation in East Sudan

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    UNHCR welcomes the people of Japan’s contribution in support of the response to Ethiopia’s Tigray region situation in East Sudan
    Publish date: 28 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين ترحب بمساهمة الشعب الياباني في دعم الاستجابة للوضع في منطقة تيغراي الإثيوبي في شرق السودان

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    المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين ترحب بمساهمة الشعب الياباني في دعم الاستجابة للوضع في منطقة تيغراي الإثيوبي في شرق السودان
    Publish date: 28 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    UNHCR Ethiopia Situation (Tigray) - Regional RRP

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    Regional Refugee Preparedness and Response Plan for the Ethiopia Situation (Tigray)
    Publish date: 22 December 2020 (7 months ago)
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    Um Rakuba Camp Profile - As of 31 May 2021

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    Um Rakuba Camp Profile - As of 31 May 2021
    Publish date: 31 May 2021 (2 months ago)
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    Tunaydbad Settlement Profile - As of 31 May 2021

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    Tunaydbad Settlement Profile - As of 31 May 2021
    Publish date: 31 May 2021 (2 months ago)
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    Ethiopia Tigray Overview & Site Profile Shire General Secondary School

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    Profile of the Shire General Secondary School IDP Site
    Publish date: 10 March 2021 (4 months ago)
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    Ethiopia Tigray Overview & Site Profile Aksum University Shire Branch

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    Profile of the Aksum University Shire Branch IDP Site
    Publish date: 10 March 2021 (4 months ago)
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    Ethiopia Tigray Overview & Site Profile Embadanso Elementary School

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    Profile of the Embadanso Elementary School IDP Site
    Publish date: 10 March 2021 (4 months ago)
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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #4 - as of 31 July 2021

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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #4 - as of 31 July 2021
    Publish date: 3 August 2021 (2 days ago)
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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #3 - as of 25 July 2021

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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #3 - as of 25 July 2021
    Publish date: 26 July 2021 (10 days ago)
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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #2 - as of 17 July 2021

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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #2 - as of 17 July 2021
    Publish date: 18 July 2021 (18 days ago)
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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #1 - as of 09 July 2021

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    UNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation WUNHCR Sudan Emergency Response to Tigray Situation Weekly Update #1 - as of 09 July 2021eekly Update #1
    Publish date: 11 July 2021 (25 days ago)
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    UNHCR Ethiopia Situation (Tigray Region) Regional Update #17 - 17 May - 14 June 2021

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    UNHCR Ethiopia Situation (Tigray Region) Regional Update #17 - 17 May - 14 June 2021
    Publish date: 23 June 2021 (1 month ago)
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    Ethiopia Situation – 3Ws Updates as 08 July 2021

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    Ethiopia Situation – 3Ws Updates as 08 July 2021
    Publish date: 8 July 2021 (28 days ago)
    Create date: 16 March 2021 (4 months ago)

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    Tigray emergency: The people who fled

    Just a few weeks ago, they worked as doctors, teachers, artists. One couple were newlyweds. Then the shooting and the shellfire started.

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    Sudan Eastern border: Update on daily new arrivals from Ethiopia

    Beginning of November 2020, UNHCR has recorded an influx of asylum seekers at border entry points in East Sudan from Ethiopia, after military confrontations in the Tigray region in Northern Ethiopia.

    Situation Key Contacts
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    Assistance slowly returns to refugee camps in southern Tigray
    Assistance slowly returns to refugee camps in southern Tigray
    Statement attributable to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the situation of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region
    Statement attributable to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the situation of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region
    UNHCR finds dire need in Eritrean refugee camps cut off in Tigray conflict
    This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.