The director of refugees housing projects in Gedaref confirmed that there was a significant impact on the host communities, in addition to some positive effects for refugees in the state.
The director of refugees housing projects in Gedaref state, east Sudan, Abdel Moneim Othman, revealed that the number of refugees in the state has risen to 52,597 in the “Al-Tanidbeh”, “Umm Rakoba” and “Babekri” camps.
He stressed that there was a lack of a clear vision on the issue of asylum as a result of the country’s overall policies in this regard.
The General Administration of Culture and Information in Gedaref organized a media platform on the effects of asylum on the host communities in the state.
Speaking at the pulpit, the director of refugee housing projects said that there are 5 refugee entry centers in “Hamdayet” and “Medina 8” next to “Al-Qalabat”, “Taya” and “Al-Qarqif.”
He pointed out that there are many organizations operating in Gedaref, which have been providing basic services to refugees and supporting both water and health sectors.
He also pointed out that there is a matrix being worked out to determine the required interventions in the various areas of development, on which an agreement has been reached with the host localities.
Since the outbreak of war between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray liberation movement in late 2020, Sudan has received tens of thousands of Ethiopian refugees.
The border states of Kassala and Gedaref were heavily affected by the large influx of refugees as a result of the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
Sudan hosts more than one million refugees from neighboring countries like South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zaire, Chad and Central Africa.