Sudan struggles to shelter 25,000 Ethiopian refugees
(rtl)–In a sun-baked and dusty wasteland in remote eastern Sudan, crews are labouring to rebuild a refugee camp for the 25,000 people who have fled heavy fighting in neighbouring Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
Exhausted and terrified men, women and children from the conflict zone have struggled against searing heat and hunger to escape ground fighting, air strikes, rocket fire and artillery barrages in northern Ethiopia.
Sudan — one of the world’s poorest countries, now faced with the massive influx — has reopened its Um Raquba camp, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the border. The camp once housed refugees who fled Ethiopia’s 1983-85 famine that killed over a million people.
For now, though, desperate families are huddling in the shade of sparse trees because only two permanent buildings remain from the camp that closed years ago — an old school house missing a roof and a dilapidated former clinic.