As people continue to flee the conflict in Sudan, more than 358,000 refugees have arrived at the border town Adré, in eastern Chad. Refugee camps are being built, but shelter and basic facilities available in the camps are wholly inadequate to meet the needs of the incoming people.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on the international community and humanitarian organisations to urgently address essential needs for people seeking safety from the conflict to avoid a catastrophic situation.
“We are present in three refugee camps here, where approximately 2,000 refugees arrive daily,” says Susanna Borges, MSF emergency coordinator in Chad.
“The existing camps in this area are already at full capacity, as are the temporary transit shelters. So people are being transferred to other locations far from the city, where new camps are still being built,” says Borges.
“But these camps are not ready to host all the people who have been relocated there, so they are exposed to harsh sun and rain, with insufficient food, water, and even cooking supplies. There are enormous needs, and very few resources.”