Envoys assess condition of S. Sudan refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia

By TurkishPress.com
Posted to the web on March 19, 2014

March 18, 2014 (GAMBELLA) — Several foreign ambassadors on Tuesday visited Ethiopia's Gambella region to assess what the U.N. Refugee Agency has described as a deteriorating humanitarian situation faced by refugees from South Sudan.

Envoys from Britain, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark and India, as well as representatives of the Dutch and Swiss embassies, visited two of three refugee camps recently set up in the region to accommodate the influx of refugees from neighboring South Sudan.

"The reason for the influx isn't so much the war – which in fact is abating largely – as it is a search for food and security," Ayalew Aweke, deputy director of the Agency for Refugees and Returnees' Affairs, told Anadolu Agency.

The U.N. Refugee Agency asked the ambassadors to assess the situation in advance of issuing fresh appeals for assistance, which, Ayalew said, remained in short supply.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice president, Riek Machar, of attempting to overthrow his regime.

The conflict has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, with the UN estimating that some 3.7 million people in South Sudan were now "severely food insecure" while more than 820,000 had been displaced.
















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