Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

At least a thousand Sudanese refugees have fled a UN-run camp in northern Ethiopia after a series of violence and robberies, three refugees and the United Nations said on Friday.

The refugees, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said some 7,000 of the 8,000 residents of Kumar camp left the area on foot early on Wednesday after being attacked and robbed by local militiamen.

The refugees said police arrested the migrants shortly after they left the camp, about 70km from the Sudanese border in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said it was aware that a thousand people had left Kumar camp on Wednesday because of a lack of security after a series of security incidents.

Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council announced on Friday that South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Council member Shamsuddin Kabashi discussed the delivery of humanitarian aid to war-affected people.

Tut Galwak, Salva Kiir’s adviser on security affairs, said the meeting dealt with ways to bring peace to Sudan and the delivery of humanitarian aid, stressing “South Sudan’s readiness to deliver relief to all Sudanese who sought refuge in South Sudan because of the war.”

Sudan is locked in a devastating war between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which has so far killed thousands of Sudanese and displaced more than 8 million others, according to the United Nations and Sudanese organizations.

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