Leilti (30) and her daughter Lela (3) are tired after their first night sleeping under the open in Um Rakuba camp. They arrived with the rest of the family of five the day before and are waiting together with a big group of new arrivals close to the entry of the camp. Leilti is five months pregnant, and found the journey to Sudan very hard.

"I wish I don't have to give birth to my baby in this place, " she tells NRC. 

Photo: Ingebjørg Kårstad/NRC

Emergency assistance for refugees fleeing the Tigray crisis

Pregnant women, elderly people and the chronically ill are among the refugees arriving daily in Sudan from conflict-stricken Ethiopia. Many appear traumatised and all are in dire need of humanitarian support.

“People are sleeping out in the open,” says Will Carter, country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Sudan. “Many families arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their back. They’re missing loved ones and are surviving on very little.”

We are on the ground providing emergency cash, education and shelter to those in need.

Um Rakuba refugee camp on 2 December 2020. The camp is located 70 kilometers from the Ethiopian border inside eastern Sudan. It currently hosts some 10,000 Ethiopia refugees, who have fled fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region over the past month. Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), was on the ground in the camp speaking with families who had fled the violence. NRC has set up emergency schooling for children displaced by the violence. Already a school for 700 children is up and running after five days operating in the camp.

Copyright: Ingebjørg Kårstad / Norwegian Refugee Council