"All you can hear in town is crying"
Sudanese refugees in Eastern Chad urgently need help
Since the onset of the conflict in Sudan on April 15, Chad faces a massive influx of refugees from Sudan, together with Chadian returnees. According to the latest figures, around 150,000 people had crossed the Chadian border by mid-June, and numbers continue to increase.
On 16 and 17 June, following yet another outbreak of violence in El Geneina, the major city in Western Darfur, thousands of destitute people, most of them women and children, arrived in Adre, the Chadian border city, where they quickly outnumbered the local population. Most of them arrived with nothing, having lost loved ones and having lost tracks of family members along the way.
The refugees arrive in a Chadian region which is already in a very dire situation, with poor access to clean water and basic social services.
As the rainy season is starting, roads are becoming impassable, further hampering the relief operations.