Attacks Force Sudanese Refugees into a Jungle in Ethiopia

Attacks Force Sudanese Refugees into a Jungle in Ethiopia

Having been forced to flee into neighboring Ethiopia, refugees fleeing the civil war in Sudan claim they were left with bullet holes in their tents following numerous gunman attacks, forcing them to relocate once more and seek sanctuary in forests and along roadsides.

Since repeated attacks last month, largely by bandits, over 8,000 people have left the UN-established Kumer and Awlala refugee camps in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region, camp representatives told Reuters this week.

They had initially escaped conflict that broke out in April 2023 between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese army, which resulted in charges of ethnic cleansing in Darfur and severe starvation in several areas of the country.

One young man told Reuters over the phone, “We left our country because we were scared of the stray bullets from the army and RSF.

To save our lives, we fled to Ethiopia, but now we find ourselves in the same danger

He added that after fleeing the camps and the capital city of Khartoum in Sudan, he was currently seeking safety in a forest with other refugees in the Amhara region, where militias are engaged in combat with Ethiopian federal government troops in a different conflict.

Images shared on Telegram and WhatsApp showed numerous individuals, many of them youngsters, sitting outside beside a roadside, as well as improvised homes constructed of tarp and branches. The images’ date and location were verified by Reuters.

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