Nearly a month since violent clashes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region prevented UNHCR staff from reaching two camps for Eritrean refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners have regained access.
The delivery of urgently needed assistance restarted on 5 August for the 23,000 refugees in Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps.
UNHCR said humanitarian access into Tigray has improved in the past week, and its staff and 12 trucks carrying emergency aid have reached Mekelle, the region’s capital.
However, it said access is limited by a complex and fluid security situation and refugees continue to face dire conditions. Basic services such as healthcare remain unavailable, and clean drinking water is running out.
UNHCR is calling for safe passage which will allow refugees from Mai Aini and Adi Harush to be moved to the new site of Alemwach, near Dabat town, some 135 kilometers away.
“Unhindered access into Tigray and throughout the region must be ensured by all parties to the conflict, to allow UNHCR and our partners to deliver and scale up life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection to tens of thousands in dire need of urgent support,” the UN refugee agency said.