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New influx of S. Sudanese refugees into Gambella region: ECHO


December 28, 2019 (GAMBELLA) - Localised clashes between armed forces in South Sudan’s Maiwut State have led to a new influx of refugees into Ethiopia’s Gambella region, a new report indicates.

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Transitional shelters for South Sudanese Refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia (IOM Photo)

The European Commission for Humanitarian Aid Operations, (ECHO) said since November, over 3600 refugees, including unaccompanied or separated minors, have arrived in Pamdong reception centre, which is now hosting around 4000 refugees.

Due to the refugee influx, the governmental Administration for Refugee & Returnee Affairs (ARRA) reportedly suspended the registration of new refugees, limiting their access to basic services.

“Many newcomers do not want to be relocated in Assossa (Gure Shembole camp). This due to the remoteness of the camp, the willingness to remain closer to their places of origin, and the lack of social networks and traditional livelihood opportunities for South Sudanese refugees,” ECHO said in the new report.

In addition, the current security situation is not conducive for road transfers from Gambella to Assossa, further noted the aid agency.

Meanwhile ECHO’s partners have reportedly scaled up their humanitarian response in Pamdong, but major funding gaps remain across all sectors.

South Sudanese remain the largest refugee population in Ethiopia, totaling 320,957 persons as of end November 2019, with 32% of the refugee population living in Pamdong being children below 4 years.


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  • 29 December 2019 13:05, by South South

    Our Nuer cousins need to cease killing of their people. 2020 is a year of peace in South Sudan. let’s give president Kiir and Riek a chance to bring peace to our country in 2020, peace.

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    • 29 December 2019 13:41, by Malakal county Simon
      • 29 December 2019 13:45, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        400000 people fled to Ethiopia, 400000 Nuer. This is a big problem.

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        • 29 December 2019 14:05, by Pakuai

          Mr. South South,
          Gambella, is our country, our Anyuaks people are the ones who owns our Gambella region, nothing to do with our Nuer ke Nyantoc criminals. Gambella region is our Anyuaks country, Panyidu, Dimma, Jebel Bongo, Pachalla, even part of Jokou; the only country the our Nuers ke nyantoc have in Abesh (so-called ethiopia) is ’Itang, Bilpalm and Tharpalm’ there are William Nyuon Beny>>>

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          • 29 December 2019 14:09, by Pakuai

            countries. Fellows be very careful.>>>

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    • 29 December 2019 20:56, by Eastern

      South South,

      Don’t divert the debate: you have just been confronted with what is bedevilling the jenge community. Jenge from Jonglei fighting and killing themselves with those from Yirol over mudfish...!

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      • 30 December 2019 02:16, by South South


        Shit, 400000 people have been driven out from their home. This is a militia killing another militia with heavy guns. How can you compare that with local communities fighting each other with two people killed. Equatorians like you are shit. You wrote this another day: "Eastern
        After all, folks in Western Equatoria have enough’bush meat’ to make do with. Sorry for the jenge loss....."

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        • 30 December 2019 02:17, by South South


          Shit English is what stupid Equatorians like you write: "Eastern
          After all, folks in Western Equatoria have enough’bush meat’ to make do with. Sorry for the jenge loss....."

          Shit English.

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  • 30 December 2019 04:29, by Mayendit

    Nuers brothers and sisters are making escape goat to attached wars with their own interests. The South Sudanese government doesn’t know exactly what the Nuers civilians wanted?. The world don’t get it too. The Nuers civilians are looking possible ways of exiled in another resettlement process. Don’t prove wrong just see why leaving theirs homes and go to Gambella Ethiopia? No war for now but why t

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  • 30 December 2019 04:41, by Mayendit

    Nuers people use to do well agricultural before the SPLA and SPLM but when some million got their resettlement to the Western world and some parts of Africa then, it attracts the families who haven’t gone to exiled this is why we are seeing more and more people are still seeking refugees even when there’s no war affected them. I have a bad prediction that, the future of the Nuers people are going

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  • 30 December 2019 04:52, by Mayendit

    The future of our brothers and sisters from Nuers is going to be very difficult in South Sudan. I am assuming the entire population will be gone to exiled and the communities are going to remain emptying because the majority right now have no interest of going back to their communities just look example in Juba refugees camps and others have refused. The Nuers Sons and daughters must be focusing t

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