Over 60,000 people have fled the violence in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in November, December and January seeking safety across the border in Sudan. They travel on foot for days, terrified, exhausted but relieved, after walking long distances over harsh terrain to get to the relative safety of the refugee camps. Many of those fleeing are women and children, often with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.
The steady stream of new arrivals initially overwhelmed humanitarian agencies’ capacity to provide aid, and the efforts to help them have only just begun. Urgent needs include food, water, medicines, shelter, sanitation and health care. The lives of those who fled have been shattered. None of them thought they would ever be refugees and have to leave their homes and family behind in many cases.
The Asmlash-Grant Foundation, is setting up a relief effort website where individuals, church groups and corporations can contribute money to buy large quantities of necessities such as water, food, toiletries, powdered milk, and baby food for the babies. Monetary donations can also be delivered directly to the refugees so they can buy food from local farmers in the area. If you are able to contribute financially, this will go a long way to helping us get things off the ground.
I recently spent two weeks in the refugee camps in Sudan meeting with or staying with the refugees to get a better understanding of the exact things needed and the priorities.
If you can help financially, please email me at email@example.com.
If you are unable to help financially at this time, please consider lending your voice and influence to the cause by helping us get the word out about what we need.
Life is short. Let’s be the difference we want to see and make.
Suzani Asmlash Grant