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Refugees Accepted to Assosa University
UNHCR, 18/11/2012
Hard Work and Dreams Become Reality for 44 Refugees With Full University Scholarships in Assosa University, Ethiopia United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Ethiopian Government Administration for Refugee & Returnee Affairs (ARRA) have been providing various levels of scholarships and other assistance to refugees with tertiary education aspiration. This year, ARRA expanded its Eritrean refugee university scholarship program to include Sudanese (44) and Somali (18) refugees. To date, almost 1000 refugee students in Ethiopia have received full university scholarships. ARRA invited UNHCR to see off the busload of 68 excited Sudanese secondary school graduates on their way to take university entrance exams in Addis. Of that group, 44 succeeded in garnering full university scholarships. On Saturday, November 10, 2012, there was a wonderfully colourful ceremony org...
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UN official says refugees from Sudan are suffering, don’t have adequate aid as funds run low
Associated Press, 17/07/2012
ASSOSA, Ethiopia — Sudanese refugees who fled fighting between rebels and Sudan’s military are suffering in primitive camps without enough aid because the international community has not provided the needed funds to help, a top United Nations official said. Antonio Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, urged donor nations to ease “the enormous humanitarian tragedy.” Personal Post Sudanese troops are fighting rebels, who were once aligned with what is now South Sudan, in two states near the countries’ shared border. Guterres said more than 200,000 refugees have fled the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile and into neighboring Ethiopia and South Sudan. “It is absolutely essential that the international community mobilizes itself to support the refugees themselves and South Sudan and Ethiopia that are hosting them, having kept their borders open in a ...
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Minister Jan O’Sullivan announces funding to support refugees fleeing conflict in Sudan
UNHCR Ireland, 21/06/2012
The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., recently announced €250,000 in emergency funding to provide food, water and shelter to thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing violence. Minister O’Sullivan said Ireland would provide funding to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) to support its efforts to provide emergency care to those arriving in refugee camps in western Ethiopia. The UNHCR estimates that some 60,000 refugees have already arrived in Ethiopia from Sudan, with this number expected to rise significantly over the coming months. At present, Ethiopia is also hosting more than 140,000 Somali refugees from the Horn of Africa crisis. Speaking about the situation Minister O’Sullivan said: “There is a growing concern regarding the number of refugees arriving into western Ethiopia from the Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kord...
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Migrations: Réinstaller des réfugiés soudanais en Ethiopie
Afrique Jet, 21/06/2012
L'OIM commence à réinstaller des réfugiés soudanais en Ethiopie - L'Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) a annoncé vendredi avoir démarré la réinstallation de centaines de réfugiés soudanais du centre de transit d'Al Damazin, à la frontière ouest de l'Ethiopie avec le Soudan, vers un nouveau camp dans la région nord-ouest de l'Ethiopie de Benishangul Gumuz. Un communiqué de l'OIM reçu par la PANA à Khartoum indique que la décision a été prise après que le centre de transit actuel 'a atteint sa capacité d'accueil de 14.000 personnes'. Le premier groupe de 438 réfugiés est arrivé dans le camp de réfugiés de Bambasi - le troisième du genre dans la région - au début du mois de juin. L'OIM estime que les combats entre les Forces armées soudanaises (SAF) et le Mouvement de libération des peuples du Soudan-section nord (SPLM-N) dans l'Etat du Nil ...
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UNHCR starts flying in aid for 50,000 Sudanese refugees in Upper Nile
UNHCR, 21/06/2012
JUBA, South Sudan, June 19 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it has begun a new emergency aid airlift for refugees in South Sudan's Upper Nile state. The flights are bringing supplies for 50,000 refugees who have fled conflict and related food shortages in Sudan's Blue Nile state. Since Saturday, a UNHCR-chartered Ilyushin 18 aircraft has been doing two daily rotations to bring basic relief items from Juba to Paloich, an airstrip which UNHCR has recently negotiated access to. Paloich airport is 90 kilometres by road from the Jammam refugee settlement and 150kms from Doro settlement, with Yusuf Batil settlement located between the two. The aid includes kitchen sets, blankets, soap, plastic sheets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and mosquito nets. "We are also bringing in equipment for drilling new boreholes to increase the supply of clean water, which is in severe shortage i...
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Sudan: IOM Relocates Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia
Sudan Tribune, 21/06/2012
Addis Ababa — The International Organization Migration (IOM) has commenced relocating hundreds of Sudanese refugees to a newly opened camp in the Ethiopia's south western region. Sudanese refugees are being transferred from the Al Damazin Transit Center, located on Ethiopia's western border with Sudan, to a new camp in the Benishangul Gumuz region. A first group of 438 Sudanese refugee has been transferred to the new Bambisi camp. IOM was forced to relocate the refugees after the Al Damazin camp exceeded its capacity. Currently, there are around 17,000 Sudanese refugees in the Al Damazin camp, although its holding capacity is 14,000. After fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) erupted in September last year, tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes into newly-independent South Sudan and Et...
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Tribal clashes force 15,000 Lou Nuer people to flee to Ethiopia
UNHCR website, 15/03/2012
Some 15,000 Lou Nuer tribespeople have fled to western Ethiopia from South Sudan in recent weeks to escape clashes with a rival tribe and for fear of reprisal attacks. In Ethiopia, the new arrivals are settling around the border town of Matar in the Gambella region, some 500 kilometres west of Addis Ababa. UNHCR is helping the Ethiopian authorities to set up a reception centre near Matar, where the new arrivals are being screened by the Ethiopian refugee agency (ARRA) before they are relocated to Fugnido refugee camp, some 110 kms from Gambella....
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From oil to toil, Thai worker leaves Ethiopia camp with UNHCR help
UNHCR web site, 13/12/2011
When Thai citizen Buntha Mkewyu started working for an oil company in Sudan, the last thing he expected was to flee conflict and land in a refugee camp. ...
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South Sudan demands Sudan forces 'withdraw from Jau'
BBC World News Africa, 08/12/2011
South Sudan has demanded that Sudanese troops withdraw from the border town in Unity state, which the army spokesman said was occupied over the weekend....
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Dreams put on hold as reality of refugee life sinks in
UNHCR, 06/12/2011
ASSOSA, Ethiopia, December 06, (UNHCR) - Twenty year old Ida Mohamed sits outside the family tent plaiting her young sister’s hair before rushing off to complete her other chores. It is only 10 in the morning but the searing heat over Adimazin transit centre, a settlement opened in western Ethiopia on 16 October 2011, to accommodate Sudanese refugees fleeing the conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) has a fair number of the centre’s male population stretched under what little shade it can find. For Mohamed and most of the girls and women here, getting as much done before noon will mean having a little rest during the hottest part of the day before starting the afternoon’s chores in preparation for the evening and its demands. It is during this time that Mohamed thinks about her future and how the conflict...
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