Wet season threatens thousands of Chadian migrants and refugees

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Chad/Sudan border (© UNHCR/L.Nassif)

The approaching wet season is threatening the lives of thousands of Chadian migrants and refugees stranded at the border between Chad and Sudan.

This warning has come from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which participated in a recent joint-fact finding and assessment mission to the area.

IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the mission, which ended last week, has reported a huge influx of migrants and refugees with extremely pressing needs.

"With the wet season expected to begin in Chad within the next month, the situation of thousands of refugees and Chadian migrants currently stranded at four Chadian border posts is becoming increasingly precarious. Some 25,000 Chadian migrants are currently stranded at Tissi on Chad's eastern border with Sudan, after fleeing inter-communal fighting between the two Arab tribes – the Misseria and Salamat – around the gold mines of Djabal-Amir in Sudan's Darfur region." (31")

IOM warns of a further influx of migrant returnees and Sudanese refugees as the fighting in Darfur, which started in January, has now spread to remote villages in the area.

Jumbe Omare Jumbe says the agency has already begun to ship essential non-food items to Tissi.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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