While flying back from La Réunion to Paris, we flew over those well defined structures:

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I think it corresponds to this location on the map:


At 13.9916°N, 35.9597°E.

Do you know what those are? Is this a refugee camp? There are refugee camps a few km away (Shagarab Refugees camp) but they look much less structured.

Reverse image search didn't bring anything interesting.


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This area is called "Fushqa" (Arabic: فشقة), it's a border area between Sudan and Ethiopia which was disputed, now it belongs to Sudan.

The structured area you see is a "modern" village, built by the government of Sudan for the local farmers to encourage them to stay since the land is fertile and being a disputed land with a few attacks from Ethiopian militias people needed a good reason to feel safe and stay, building these villages provide some sort of security better than having them scattered around a huge area with no facilities.

Sources: 1, 2

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    Excellent, thanks. It could fit well. Just curious : how did you find it? Commented Jul 19, 2020 at 18:29
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    @EricDuminil it was easy since I read Arabic, just going around the place in google maps till i got a lead. Commented Jul 19, 2020 at 21:01
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    For me Google maps shows Al Fushqa in English, but further googling doesn't show anything interesting. @NeanDerThal: Can you link to the source, even if it's in Arabic?
    – Jonathan
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 11:17
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    @jonathan sure, 1, 2 Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 11:44

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