security threat to Tigrayans in Sudan due to the ongoing military conflict

By Raya Rayuma

United Nations
UN in Ethiopia
IOM – UN Migration
U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa
United Nations OCHA

I want to notify you about the security threat to Tigrayans in Sudan due to the ongoing military conflict between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

As you all know when the Tigray war broke out in 2020, over one million Tigrayans fled to Sudan to save their lives from the ENDF, Amhara militants, and EDF. With the help of the Sudanese government and the guidance of UNICEF, they have resided in refugee centers such as Tuneydba and Omrakuba for four consecutive years. They have lived a miserable life, struggling with frequent wildfires, floods, and other challenges. The war broke out early 2023 between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese army has exacerbated their suffering.

I have received frequent reports from the Tuneydba refugee center indicating that the fighting between the Sudanese army and the RSF is getting dangerously close to the camp, where thousands of Tigrayans reside. The NGOs operating in the area and the local community have evacuated, leaving our people in Tuneydba in deep fear, stress, and shock. According to the UN charcter, warfare around refugee centers is not tolerated.

I strongly urge all responsible bodies, both warring forces to prioritize the safety of the Tigrayan migrants residing in the Tuneydba refugee center. Additionally, I call on UN agencies to take timely measures to ensure the safety and well-being of these refugees.

Baruck Hashem!

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