Photographer: Abdoulmonam Eissa
Title: Far From Home
Location: Sudan
Period: 01/2021 - 08/2021
Category: Spot News

Hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced for over four decades in the East Sudan are first generation Eritreans- the majority of whom arrived in the early 1980s.

Escaping war, conflict, security pressures, in hopes for a better life and a safe place to live. They have endured crossing borders, mountains, and bumpy roads while risking their lives to end up in this large area where many of permanent/temporary camps are spread throughout eastern Sudan.

Sudan hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa, mainly from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Chad. The latest influx of refugees saw more than 50,000 people flee into Sudan in search of safety after military confrontations broke out between Ethiopia and the Tigray Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF) in late 2020.



Asafabrakda a 45-year-old displaced Tigran man plays music surrounded by people at the Sudanese village of Um Rakuba on January 7 2021 in Um Rakuba Sudan Some 56 000 people have been displaced from Ethiopia to Sudan after nearly two months of the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia between Federal Government troops and the Tigray People s Liberation Front TPLF

Displaced children inside a children s honesty space at Sudanese village of Um Rakuba on January 7 2021 in Um Rakuba Sudan Some 56 000 people have been displaced from Ethiopia to Sudan after nearly two months of the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia between Federal Government troops and the Tigray People s Liberation Front TPLF

A displaced girl prays as Orthodox Ethiopians celebrate Christmas at the Sudanese village of Um Rakuba on January 7 2021 in Um Rakuba Sudan Some 56 000 people have been displaced from Ethiopia to Sudan after nearly two months of the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia between Federal Government troops and the Tigray People s Liberation Front TPLF

Flmon 25-years-old L Grmaoui 16-years-old R play around as they wait in a transit center for new refugee arrivals from Eritrea on August 13 2021 in Wadsharefy Sudan I smuggled myself from my country a month ago with my cousin we are trying to escape this hell we have unlimited military service they take you to prison for any action you take we can not even breath he says Around 70 persons arrived last month to Wadsharefy - the oldest camp in eastern Sudan located about 15 km west of the Eritrean border

Maikal a 22-year-old man shows his hand with a tattoo of his name s mother Sesenn I arrived here a month ago and I do not know where is my mother either alive or died I lose her contact since the attack on my city at the Sudanese village of Um Rakuba on January 7 2021 in Um Rakuba Sudan Some 56 000 people have been displaced from Ethiopia to Sudan after nearly two months of the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia between Federal Government troops and the Tigray People s Liberation Front TPLF

Clothes hang on a tree after a rainy night in the Sudanese village of Um Rakuba home to over 20 000 refugees on August 18 2021 in Um Rakuba Sudan

People in a bus going to Wadsharefy on August 13 2021 in Wadsharefy Sudan Around 70 persons arrived last month to Wadsharefy - the oldest camp in eastern Sudan located about 15 km west of the Eritrean border According to locals the first generation of refugees arrived in the early 1980s Sudan hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa mainly from South Sudan Eritrea the Central African Republic Ethiopia and Chad The latest influx of refugees saw more than 50 000 people flee into Sudan in search of safety after military confrontations broke out between Ethiopia and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front TPLF in late 2020

Alem Ande lifts the mosquito net at the entrance of her room at the Shagarab camp on August 15 2021 in Shagarab Sudan Alem Ande an Eritrean woman born in 1984 in Asmara who divorced her violent husband since July 2019 she had been living in Hitsats camp in Tigray with her five children until the war began in November 2020 when she escaped with her children and walked for a month crossing through Eritrea Sudan until arriving in Kassala before being moved to Shagarab She sells bread in the camp to survive with her family of five children Situated about 70 km west of the Eritrean border the refugee camp exist since 1968 and hosts more than 60 000 people most of them from Eritrea Sudan hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa mainly from South Sudan Eritrea the Central African Republic Ethiopia and Chad The latest influx of refugees saw more than 50 000 people flee into Sudan in search of safety after military confrontations broke out between Ethiopia and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front TPLF in late 2020

Khalifa Ibrahim 33-years-old Eritrean sits on his bed at the Shagarab camp on August 15 2021 in Shagarab Sudan I left my country in 2015 for Tigray because of the unlimited military service I was a refugee in Hitsats on 22 November 2020 the war broke out between the TPLF and the Eirtrain forces on the camp I saw 8 people die and 12 injured including me five days later the Eritrean forces brought me again to my country where I went to the hospital and once I get out I left to Sudan in April where I live with my family he says Situated about 70 km west of the Eritrean border the refugee camp exist since 1968 and hosts more than 60 000 people most of them from Eritrea Sudan hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa mainly from South Sudan Eritrea the Central African Republic Ethiopia and Chad The latest influx of refugees saw more than 50 000 people flee into Sudan in search of safety after military confrontations broke out between Ethiopia and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front TPLF in late 2020

Firsalm 20-years-old styles the hair of her sister Diana 25-years-old at a transit center for new refugee arrivals from Eritrea on August 13 2021 in Wadsharefy Sudan Sudan hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa mainly from South Sudan Eritrea the Central African Republic Ethiopia and Chad The latest influx of refugees saw more than 50 000 people flee into Sudan in search of safety after military confrontations broke out between Ethiopia and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front TPLF in late 2020

Samhol 16-years-old stands on a hill near an Orthodox church where people go for religious rituals and use holy water to treat the sick in the Sudanese village of Um Rakuba home to over 20 000 refugees on August 18 2021 in Um Rakuba Sudan Sudan hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa mainly from South Sudan Eritrea the Central African Republic Ethiopia and Chad The latest influx of refugees saw more than 50 000 people flee into Sudan in search of safety after military confrontations broke out between Ethiopia and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front TPLF in late 2020

People watch the television during the only two hours of electricity per day in the Sudanese village of Um Rakuba home to over 20 000 people on January 7 2021 in Um Rakuba Sudan Some 56 000 people have been displaced from Ethiopia to Sudan after nearly two months of the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia between Federal Government troops and the Tigray People s Liberation Front TPLF