Refugees Displaced After Camp Is Flooded In Ethiopia

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Refugees at the Leitchuor refugee camp in Ethiopia's Gambella region have been displaced following after the camp was submerged by floods.
Refugees at the Leitchuor refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella region have been displaced following after the camp was submerged by floods.

By Bonareri Samaha / citizennews.co.ke
The camp which is home to about 40,000 refugees fleeing conflict in neighboring South Sudan has now become inhabitable.
Doctors without Borders say the refugees must be evacuated with humanitarian agencies fearing the spread of water-borne diseases.
The European Commission for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) is currently working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to provide assistance to people in the camps.
Officials say they are trying to evacuate the refugees where mostly women and children have been affected from the flooded areas to new camps but space is limited.
Aid agencies say the country has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa.
Most of the refugees are from South Sudan where a political crisis sparked killing more than 10,000 people, driving over 1 million from their homes and further raising the spectra of famine.
In 2014 alone since the conflict erupted in South Sudan more than 191,000 new South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Ethiopia making them the largest refugee population in the country.
More are expected as the rainy season in South Sudan comes to an end since the political future of the world’s youngest nation remains uncertain.
Foreign aid and small harvests have helped stave off a feared famine in South Sudan but any more fighting could leave millions prone to severe hunger next year.
 

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