Since the violence began in early-November 2020, thousands of refugees have been fleeing ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region at a rate of 3,000 people per day to seek safety in eastern Sudan. Many are women and children. Most left with barely any belongings and arrived exhausted from walking long distances over harsh terrain.
The majority of the 45.500 refugees have crossed from Ethiopia into Sudan through Hamdayet border point in Kassala State and others at Lugdi in Gedaref State.
The transit centres at the border areas are overcrowded due to the sheer number of arrivals from Tigray, increasing the risk of disease including COVID-19. Besides, there were, and still are, 96,000 refugees from Eritrea hosted in the Tigray region and 100,000 IDPs in the Tigray
region itself before the ongoing crisis.