UNHCR / ETHIOPIANS FLEEING TIGRAY

27-Nov-2020 00:01:50
More than 40,000 refugees have fled Ethiopia’s Tigray region to Sudan. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners are delivering and distributing life-saving aid, including hot meals, water and latrines for the arrivals. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / ETHIOPIAN FLEEING TIGRAY
TRT: 1:50
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 19-23 NOVEMBER 2020, HAMDAYET, SUDAN
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1. Wide shot, refugees sitting outside in cold
2.Various shots, refugees waiting for relocation
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Filimon, Ethiopian refugee:
“We never expected to be refugees, we never expected. I can tell you that for sure 100 percent.”
4.Wide shot, Filimon, walking among other refugees
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Filimon, Ethiopian refugee:
“We didn’t hear any kind of explosion. We didn’t hear any kind of weapons. We are here, very safe.
6.Wide shot, refugees being registered
7.Wide shot, refugees receiving relief items
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Filimon, Ethiopian refugee:
“There’s a lot of challenges right here because when we escaped, when we were trying to escape, we didn’t take any kind of luggage or baggage, we just only escaped.
9.Various shots, children in queue
10.Med shot, buses parked on roadside
11.Med shot, young child receiving a mask through window of bus
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Mamoun Abuarqub, UNHCR-Emergency Coordinator:
“We have a challenge; it is mainly relocating the refugees. The process, I mean the trip takes more than 15 hours from this reception centre to Um Raquba camp in Gedaref state. So, it is a lot of work we do.”
13.Wide shot, buses
14.Med shot, buses
15.Various shots, refugees wading river to cross border into Sudan
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More than 40,000 refugees have fled Ethiopia’s Tigray region to Sudan. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners are delivering and distributing life-saving aid, including hot meals, water and latrines for the arrivals.

As more people continue to stream into Sudan, refugees like Filimon are trying to come to terms with the situation. He remembers everyone living a normal life before they had to leave with almost nothing to find safety in Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filimon, Ethiopian refugee:
“We never expected to be refugees, we never expected. I can tell you that for sure 100 percent.”

Filimon is one of thousands who have fled Ethiopia’s Tigray region without much more than what they could carry.

SOUNDBITE (English) Filimon, Ethiopian refugee:
“There’s a lot of challenges right here because when we escaped, when we were trying to escape, we didn’t take any kind of luggage or baggage, we just only escaped.

UNHCR staff at the Hamdayet border crossing in Kassala State and the Lugdi crossing in Gedaref State, are registering thousands of new arrivals each day. But the humanitarian response continues to face logistical challenges. The relocation of refugees away from the border is hampered by logistics and distances, limiting the number of people being transferred to Um Rakuba camp in Gedaref, some 80 kilometres inside Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mamoun Abuarqub, UNHCR-Emergency Coordinator:
“We have a challenge; it is mainly relocating the refugees. The process, I mean the trip takes more than 15 hours from this reception centre to Um Raquba camp in Gedaref state. So, it is a lot of work we do.”

Even before the violence spread through Ethiopia, Sudan was already home to nearly one million refugees, mainly from South Sudan.
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