Kurum, Tigrayan’s 20 Yr Old Refugee, Finds Comfort In Music With No Family Around

A 20-year-old Tigrayan refugee, Kurum who was waiting to be bussed to Sudan’s Um Rakuba refugee camp finds his comfort in music as he entertains some Ethiopians on-board. Check out.

Aditi Sharma

December 3, 2020

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Due to the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, thousands of people have been fleeing to Sudan. One of them is a 20-year old refugee, Kurum. He has left his family behind and he has been finding his comfort in music with the help of a friend. Kurum also narrated his story talking about how he got separated from his family.

Kurum has been travelling to get transferred by bus to the camp of Um Rakuba refugee camp which is about 12 hours from the border. The refugee has been playing Kirar, a small string instrument that he strums softly while waiting with fellow refugees to be transferred by bus. Kurum has been in no contact with his relatives since he fled in early November when fighting between Ethiopia’s federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front began.

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Kurum said that his whole family has been separated and he doesn’t know where they are now. In total, more than 46,000 have crossed from Ethiopia, though since last week, arrivals have slowed to a thin line. Like Kurum, most have been travelling through boats across the Tekeze river and into Sudan at Hamdayet, clutching few of any belongings. Kurum said his instrument which has strings stretched across a simple rectangular wooden frame, was retrieved after his home had been looted. He said the people who robbed their property only cared about gold and money.

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Other Tigrayan refugees have said they fled attacks by government forces and allied militia. The government denies it has killed civilians in the conflict. Both sides have accused the other of ethnic-based killings while denying responsibility for carrying them out. After arriving at Um Rakuba, Girum will be assigned a plot of land with a tent, supplied with blankets, cooking utensils and food rations, but he has no idea how long he will stay. In a speech to parliament on 30 November, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged those who fled into Sudan to return.

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