Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blue Nile Refugees Flee to UN Camp in Ethiopia

As violence continues in the border state of the Blue Nile, droves of Sudanese refugees are fleeing to UN camps in Ethiopia as they continue their endless search for safety and peace. Reports indicate that over 27,000 Sudanese have drifted across the Ethiopia border to the east since September 1, due to the fighting in the Blue Nile.

The newest camp constructed by the UN is in the western Ethiopian town of Tongo, which provides the closest safety zone for the escapees, and another much needed location after a large camp in Sherkole recently announced that it had reached its maximum capacity. The new camp hopes to move 400 people per day from the border to Tongo, where they will be given much needed necessities such as water, food, shelter, and improved sanitation. The fact that the Ethiopian government is assisting with the process, and that these camps are being created are certainly positives, but the only real solution to the problem is one that does not seem to be happening anytime soon; peace in the Blue Nile, and for that matter, Sudan as a whole.,40373

David Johnson

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