UNHCR Opens New Camp for Sudanese Refugees

The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has opened a new camp in Ethiopia, in anticipation of an influx of refugees coming from Sudan. People there have been leaving the country to escape ongoing clashes between the Sudanese army and rebels associated with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North.

At least 533 refugees are now living in the new camp in the western Ethiopian town of Tongo, according to UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards. The camp can accommodate up to 3,000 people and can be expanded if necessary.

Edwards said UNHCR is working with the Ethiopian government and the International Organization for Migration to speed up the transport of refugees arriving in the country to the new camp and other safer locations.

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