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New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000: MSF

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April, 27 2017 (JUBA) – At least 25,000 people have been displaced by intense fighting between the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army and Agwelek forces around Kodok, a town in Upper Nile state.

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in a statement, said humanitarian organisations that were providing essential medical services, water, food, non-food items and shelter had to temporarily suspend activities on the west bank of the Nile due to increasing insecurity.

“This is a disaster in the making, just as the demand is greatest,” said MSF’s head of mission for South Sudan, Marcus Bachmann.

“Hospitals in the area are not operational, and water deliveries are unreliable. Yesterday no water deliveries were made to the IDPs [Internally Displaced Persons] because of the fighting. Given the scorching heat and the exposure of population to the elements, soon we will see people suffering from chronic dehydration and diarrhoea as well as diseases like cholera,” he added.

According to MSF, escaping the violence is difficult as positions are rapidly changing hands between the different forces, and displaced people find themselves surrounded on all sides.

“Without protection, many will have little other alternative than to leave for camps in Sudan where they can find refuge,” said MSF.

Those who decide to face an arduous journey on foot, lasting many days, with hardly opportunities to receive food or water, said MSF.

“We are calling on both parties to ensure that all civilians are protected from the fighting and provided with safe and secure access to essential humanitarian services. As we have been forced to suspend most of our operations, we have provided runaway bags which contain essential medicines and supplies so that our staffs, who are with the fleeing IDPs, can provide basic treatment in the field,” said MSF’s head of mission.

He added, “With the rainy season approaching, it seems likely that the flow of people leaving for Sudan will increase as they avoid being trapped in the area”.

MSF has reportedly been providing emergency medical support in the area to the 13,000 displaced people who had fled fighting in the area in January.

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  • 28 April 2017 15:15, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Another’s fighting again! These is a complete validation of Bipolarity.now other 225000 IDP are going to be displaced.What a mess?what do these class consciousness really want? Pliz the
    2018 is around the corner, just wait for elections.and see what the outcome will be.We are tied n sick with these senseless civil war!But if it is something genetic for us southerners then God will be the solutio

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  • 28 April 2017 15:27, by john steven N

    this is not the fist time for Kir to kill people of s.south sudan

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  • 28 April 2017 15:47, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Mr John Steven.Do you really know the very last time President Kiir put down gun?I believe he puts it down in Longkuei! The people who now fighting are the interest groups.or departmentalism who are the believers of determinism that are devolution.May all the blood of innocent civilians be upon their dearest Nick.pull STOP

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  • 28 April 2017 18:32, by Marco A. Wek

    Had Southerners known their leadders would put in these miseries, they would have voted to remain under the United Sudan. What benefit are we getting by finishing ourseourselves off. Lord save the poor people of South Sudan.

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