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Tigray Crisis

More than five months into the crisis, MSF remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Tigray. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes after fighting broke out in early November 2020 . As of 5 April, more than 60,000 people have crossed to Sudan as refugees, while many others are displaced within the region, staying in towns, remote areas or trapped between localised outbreaks of fighting. 

Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia

In the areas that MSF teams have been able to reach in Tigray, people have very limited access to basic services like food, clean water and shelter. Many health facilities that our teams have visited were also not functional, which has a devastating impact on people.

The scale of humanitarian needs remains alarming and the response on the ground is still extremely limited. It is crucial to restore essential life-saving services, including medical care, in Tigray to meet people´s basic needs.

We are calling for assistance to be scaled up, and for safe access for humanitarian organisations – including to places that are yet to receive aid since the start of the conflict.

Of particular concern is the situation for displaced people. Since the beginning of March, we have seen a massive influx of tens of thousands of people arriving in major towns in Tigray such as Sheraro, Shire, Axum and Adwa, where they find refuge in the homes of others, or in informal sites like schools and abandoned buildings. Most are from Western Tigray and many have been displaced several times before. People tell MSF that they left due to threats and violence. The situation at the informal sites, which was already bad, is now at breaking point. There is not enough shelter, food, latrines and water. More humanitarian assistance is urgently required.  

 

What is MSF doing in EthIopia?

MSF teams have been providing medical care to some of the most affected people in the Tigray region since mid-December 2020.

As of the end of February 2021, MSF teams are supporting five hospitals. We are also supporting health centres and are running mobile clinics in more than 25 places – this number changes each week as our teams try to expand their activities.

Our teams have also donated emergency and essential supplies such as medications, oxygen and food for patients, and rehabilitated key services of badly damaged health facilities.

 

Humanitarian situation in Sudan

As the crisis unfolded in Ethiopia, thousands of refugees crossed the borders to Sudan, many crossing a river in search of safety and some walking several days after having fled with just the clothes on their backs. Though numbers of people crossing have recently slowed, about 62,500 refugees have been registered by the UN in Sudan.Refugees in Sudan still don’t have proper access to basic needs such as shelter, water and food. All humanitarian actors need to step up their responses immediately to meet the population’s needs. Specifically the food situation in Hamdayet transit centre is a big concern.

MSF remains very concerned about the very limited services in the camps of Um Rakuba and Al Tanideba which are based in a very remote part of Sudan with many of the humanitarian needs not covered. The upcoming rainy season will most likely aggravate conditions for refugees in Al Tanideba which is built on black cotton soil. Technical preparations are essential for flood prevention and to ensure continued access to the camp. Permanent latrines and water networks also need to be setup.

At the Hamdayet border crossing, refugees are being put under pressure to leave transit centres for the permanent official camps.  Hamdayet is the main point of entry for people fleeing the conflict in Ethiopia and there is need to provide acceptable shelter, improve basic services and ensure sufficient regular food provisions for everyone who is arriving.

Many of the refugees are shocked by the violence which they experienced or witnessed. Others have lost contact with family members who remained in Tigray, worried about their wellbeing. This means mental health must be a key part of the humanitarian response.

 

 

What is MSF doing? 

MSF teams are working at the border crossing point in Sudan, and in two camps, providing medical care, health screening and health promotion. We are also providing mental health care. Our teams are currently building an inpatient clinic, with wards for men, women and children, where we will be able to treat malnourished children and care for pregnant women.

 

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Ethiopia: Tigray Crisis

People have been left without healthcare and tens of thousands have been displaced across Ethiopia and Sudan, following fighting that broke out in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, in November 2020.

MSF teams are working on both sides of the border, providing assistance to people in refugees camps in Sudan, and to the displaced and host communities within Tigray in Ethiopia.

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Tigray Crisis

More than five months into the crisis, MSF remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Tigray. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes after fighting broke out in early November 2020 . As of 5 April, more than 60,000 people have crossed to Sudan as refugees, while many others are displaced within the region, staying in towns, remote areas or trapped between localised outbreaks of fighting. 

Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia

In the areas that MSF teams have been able to reach in Tigray, people have very limited access to basic services like food, clean water and shelter. Many health facilities that our teams have visited were also not functional, which has a devastating impact on people.

The scale of humanitarian needs remains alarming and the response on the ground is still extremely limited. It is crucial to restore essential life-saving services, including medical care, in Tigray to meet people´s basic needs.

We are calling for assistance to be scaled up, and for safe access for humanitarian organisations – including to places that are yet to receive aid since the start of the conflict.

Of particular concern is the situation for displaced people. Since the beginning of March, we have seen a massive influx of tens of thousands of people arriving in major towns in Tigray such as Sheraro, Shire, Axum and Adwa, where they find refuge in the homes of others, or in informal sites like schools and abandoned buildings. Most are from Western Tigray and many have been displaced several times before. People tell MSF that they left due to threats and violence. The situation at the informal sites, which was already bad, is now at breaking point. There is not enough shelter, food, latrines and water. More humanitarian assistance is urgently required.  

 

What is MSF doing in EthIopia?

MSF teams have been providing medical care to some of the most affected people in the Tigray region since mid-December 2020.

As of the end of February 2021, MSF teams are supporting five hospitals. We are also supporting health centres and are running mobile clinics in more than 25 places – this number changes each week as our teams try to expand their activities.

Our teams have also donated emergency and essential supplies such as medications, oxygen and food for patients, and rehabilitated key services of badly damaged health facilities.

 

Humanitarian situation in Sudan

As the crisis unfolded in Ethiopia, thousands of refugees crossed the borders to Sudan, many crossing a river in search of safety and some walking several days after having fled with just the clothes on their backs. Though numbers of people crossing have recently slowed, about 62,500 refugees have been registered by the UN in Sudan.Refugees in Sudan still don’t have proper access to basic needs such as shelter, water and food. All humanitarian actors need to step up their responses immediately to meet the population’s needs. Specifically the food situation in Hamdayet transit centre is a big concern.

MSF remains very concerned about the very limited services in the camps of Um Rakuba and Al Tanideba which are based in a very remote part of Sudan with many of the humanitarian needs not covered. The upcoming rainy season will most likely aggravate conditions for refugees in Al Tanideba which is built on black cotton soil. Technical preparations are essential for flood prevention and to ensure continued access to the camp. Permanent latrines and water networks also need to be setup.

At the Hamdayet border crossing, refugees are being put under pressure to leave transit centres for the permanent official camps.  Hamdayet is the main point of entry for people fleeing the conflict in Ethiopia and there is need to provide acceptable shelter, improve basic services and ensure sufficient regular food provisions for everyone who is arriving.

Many of the refugees are shocked by the violence which they experienced or witnessed. Others have lost contact with family members who remained in Tigray, worried about their wellbeing. This means mental health must be a key part of the humanitarian response.

 

 

What is MSF doing? 

MSF teams are working at the border crossing point in Sudan, and in two camps, providing medical care, health screening and health promotion. We are also providing mental health care. Our teams are currently building an inpatient clinic, with wards for men, women and children, where we will be able to treat malnourished children and care for pregnant women.

 

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