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Addis Ababa/Johannesburg - Tens of thousands of refugees who have fled violence and deprivation in South Sudan and sought refuge in camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region are faced with a lack of water, food, and sanitation and are suffering from a range of emergency medical conditions, including highly infectious measles, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (...
Lives at risk if action not immediately taken In a shocking display of indifference, senior United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) officials have refused to improve living conditions for 21,000 displaced people living in a flood-prone part of a UN compound, exposed to waterborne diseases and potential epidemics. Despite repeated requests from humanitarian...
For several weeks MSF teams have been providing assistance to South Sudanese refugees arriving in Ethiopia fleeing violence and persecution in their country. Since mid December, it is estimated that more than 75,000 refugees have arrived in Gambella region following intense fighting in Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states in South Sudan. The refugees, coming from many...
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Violent clashes have forced more than 15,000 people to seek refuge in newly created camps in Melut county, in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, in recent weeks. With thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance, MSF has launched an emergency response. After some 3,500 displaced people had settled in a newly established camp in Melut county by late January, MSF...
South Sudan has faced an outbreak of violence since mid-December, displacing hundreds of thousands of people as the humanitarian situation deteriorates. Lack of access to routine care puts pregnant women and their babies at risk, but lack of emergency care can be life-threatening. Rhoda, 24 years old: “I was always attending the health clinic in Bor town during my...
  On International Women’s Day 2014, as on every day, thousands of women will be forced to flee their homes. They will join the 45 million other people worldwide who are displaced, whether due to conflict, persecution, or natural disasters. More than half of all those displaced are women and children.  Doctors Without...
In the Tomping camp, in Juba, South Sudan, living conditions are extremely poor. The camp is overcrowded, with only 10 square metres for every person in the camp, and water and sanitation is also a major problem. More than fifty people have to share the same latrine, which is above the emergency threshold standard for such a setting. The rainy season will start at the end of March, which,...
MSF is providing medical care in two camps in Juba, South Sudan, where 40,000 people are seeking refuge from widespread fighting that erupted in mid-December, following a fall-out between the President and the main opposition leader that has developed into a full-scale conflict affecting large parts of the country and resulting in more than 10,000 people dead, 710,000 people internally displaced...
Project Coordinator Sarah Maynard describes the devastation she encountered upon returning to MSF’s hospital in Leer “We landed in Leer and walked from the airstrip up to the hospital. There was no one else around. Normally there are dozens of local boys playing football under the big trees by the hospital, mothers getting water from the handpump, and people walking...
Juba/Johannesburg — As entire towns in South Sudan suffer devastating attacks, medical care has also come under fire, with patients shot in their beds, wards burned to the ground, medical equipment looted, and, in one case, an entire hospital destroyed, the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced today.  Hundreds of thousands of people...
Visit MSF projects around the world and see what we do. This month we take a look at the Central African Republic, South Sudan, refugees in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, and Afghanistan  
The deteriorating security situation in Leer and surrounding areas of southern Unity State in South Sudan is having devastating consequences for thousands of people who are hiding in the bush, the international medical humanitarian organisation, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said today. Just under two weeks ago, 240 MSF local staff left Leer Hospital, fleeing into the bush...
The public health situation in the biggest camp for displaced people in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, is a “ticking time bomb”, a health charity said on Thursday... There are 27 000 people crowded into Tomping camp, which mushroomed around a UN base close to the airport as terrified civilians fled fighting in the capital that started in mid-December... Doctors Without Borders (MSF -...
In the violence that swept through South Sudan over the past two months, MSF was forced to evacuate clinics and hospitals due to insecurity. Here, emergency coordinator Jean- Pierre Amigo, describes what happened when MSF was forced to evacuate Bentiu, capital of Unity State, on January 8th. Bentiu, in Unity state, had been very tense for weeks. There were about 8,000...
  An Interview with MSF’s Emergency Coordinator, Juba An estimated 40,000 people have sought refuge in two UN compounds in Juba, following violence that erupted in the city in mid-December 2013. MSF began running clinics in Tomping camp and Juba 3 camp in December 2013 where medical activities continue today. In Tomping camp, more than 27,000 people live in a...
Juba - Ongoing insecurity in Unity State has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush, including 240 South Sudanese Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff based in Leer, South Sudan.  A team of 30 local MSF staff have taken several dozen of the most severely ill patients from Leer Hospital with them into the bush, fearing for their safety. Other patients who were well enough to...
Every day, more than 1,000 South Sudanese refugees flee the fighting in their home country, where emergency teams from MSF are providing medical and humanitarian aid. Close to 90,000 people have fled since conflict erupted in the country in December, and are now living as refugees in neighbouring Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. MSF teams have started medical services on the Kenyan side of...
Arjan Hehenkamp, MSF-Holland General Director just returned from South Sudan where he spent ten days with the team on the ground and held meetings with the government officials and local authorities. When I left South Sudan ten years ago, having worked here for four, I left feeling hopeful. A ceasefire had been signed and a peace-agreement was under discussion. A few years...
Citizens of the world's youngest nation, South Sudan, born less than three years ago with high hopes, are leaving their now war-torn homeland for neighbouring Uganda, many saying they will never return... Medecins Sans Frontieres's head doctor in the camp, Fredericke Dumont said the the situation is alarming because the number of refugees is still growing... Far from dreaming of a return to their...
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