12,000 S/Sudanese arrive in Ethiopia refugee camps

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Addis Ababa, May 1, 2014 (NAN) No fewer than 12,000 Sudanese, who fled the recent violence, have arrived in the Ethiopian camps, the Red Cross Society has said.

The Ethiopian aid said it was collaborating with the International of Red Cross and Red Crescent to provide the new arrivals who fled the Sudan crisis with medical care and basic .

Ariane Tombet, Head of the ICRC delegation in Ethiopia, said the 12,000 were among those who arrived recently.

He said they required immediate medical attention and other aids as “many of them with very small , walk for days to arrive at the Ethiopia’s Gambella and other camps’’.

More than 95,000 Sudanese had fled to the neighbouring Ethiopia camp since the violence broke in December 2013.

The number is expected to rise following the recent violence in some parts of the country that left more than 200 dead and many others injured, with more fleeing to neighbouring countries, including Kenya, Sudan and .

The Secretary-General of the Ethiopian Red Cross, Frehiwot Worku, told NAN Thursday in Addis Ababa that more were arriving every day while the Red Cross ambulance crews were giving 24-hour service to who needed medical attention.

Worku, however, appealed for additional effort and sister humanitarian to meet the need of the ever increasing number in need of immediate attention of shelter and food.

“The rainy season soon be upon us and with that comes the potential for an increase in water-borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea,

“It is vital that we with now to ensure they are aware of some of the measures they can take to help diseases such as these taking hold,’’ he said.

The said they had trained 100 volunteers who were themselves to help in improving sanitation and to attend to emergency health needs.

Meanwhile, the parties to the conflict had begun negotiations in Addis Ababa under the IGAD mediation in a renewed effort to resolve the political impasse between the President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President, Reik Machar. (NAN)