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South Sudanese medic wins top UN accolade


Evan Atar Adaha, a renowned South Sudanese surgeon (UNHCR courtesy photo)

September 25, 2018 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese surgeon has been named the 2018 winner of the Nansen Refugee Award supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Evan Atar Adaha will be honoured for his outstanding 20-year commitment to providing medical services to people forced to flee conflict and persecution in Sudan and South Sudan.

The statement said that Atar runs the only functional hospital in Bunj, in the northeastern part of South Sudan.

“Atar has served over 200,000 people, including 144,000 refugees from the Blue Nile State and the local Maban county population of about 53,000.

“Atar’s team at Maban hospital carries out an average of 58 operations per week in difficult conditions with limited supplies and equipment,’’ it said.

The Nansen Refugee Award honours extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced.
The UN statement says there is no provision for general anaesthesia, meaning doctors work with ketamine injections and spinal epidurals.

“The only X-ray machine is broken; the only surgical theatre is lit by a single light and electricity is provided by generators that often break down. “Since it is the only hospital in Upper Nile State, it is often crowded with patients and wards extend into the open air,” it noted.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but its health sector has been negatively affected by over four years of conflict. It has created one of Africa’s worst refugee emergencies in terms of numbers and the world’s third-biggest refugee crisis.

About 1.9 million people are displaced internally and another 2.5 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, UN figures show.

“The crisis in South Sudan has had a devastating impact on millions of people uprooted from their homes, or whose lives have been torn apart by conflict, violence and food insecurity,’’ said Filippo Grandi, the head of the UNHCR.

He further added that the acts of heroism and service to others have emerged amid the tragedy in the war-torn East African nation.

“Atar’s work through decades of civil war and conflict is a shining example of profound humanity and selflessness which has seen thousands of lives, and countless men, women and children have been provided with a new chance to rebuild a future,’’ said Grandi.

In 1997, as war-ravaged Sudan’s Blue Nile State, Atar volunteered to work there, establishing his first hospital from scratch in Kurmuk.

He worked at the heart of a large-scale conflict, often under direct aerial bombing.

“In 2011, increasing violence forced Atar to pack up his hospital in Sudan’s Blue Nile State, fleeing with his staff and as much equipment as he could transport, a journey that took a month,’’ it said.

“In 2017, refugees accounted for 71 per cent of surgical patients, and Atar’s commitment to treating all those in medical need regardless of their background earned him the respect of all refugee and local communities,’’ the statement said.

South Sudan hosts nearly 300,000 refugees, of whom 92 per cent are Sudanese from the South Kordofan and the Blue Nile regions close to the South Sudanese border.


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  • 26 September 10:21, by Pakuai

    Good on you with your UN award chap. But you are not the only surgeon in Upper Nile. The UN & it NGOs just want to be relevant in our country that is what is behind this piece of propaganda. But hey, does the *US, the UK, their UN, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus, their cloned arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states paymasters & some of their allies think they can bring criminals

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    • 26 September 10:28, by Pakuai

      and rubbishes into our country since South Sudan doesn’t has ’surgeons?’ that is not going to happen on our watch and under the sun my friend. How that hospital in Maban got build if there were no Doctors to operate on the Maban people? It is better you get the hell out of that hospital and go to Kenya. And You will never be missed by that Hospital. Mister>>>

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      • 26 September 10:36, by Pakuai

        we will never ever welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus (their so-called israelis), their gulf Arab states criminals, Abeshas (so-called ethiopia) and some Bantus. Chap, our country is being chess game & football played by our enemies and they always go and get some of you fools to propagate their lies>>>

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      • 26 September 10:36, by Pakuai

        we will never ever welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their cloned arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus (their so-called israelis), their gulf Arab states criminals, Abeshas (so-called ethiopia) and some Bantus. Chap, our country is being chess game & football played by our enemies and they always go and get some of you fools to propagate their lies>>>

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        • 26 September 10:43, by Pakuai

          People of Maban we respect you you get independence and join and country you want. But to be honest with you fellows. We are going bomb our enemies out of our country once & for all----reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM. We are not part of the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA and our people are not part of the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA ’subjects or slaves’ We are back chap.

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          • 26 September 13:16, by South South

            Good news for South Sudan in general. Dr. Evan Atar will be president of South Sudan one day.

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  • 27 September 05:27, by Joseph Canada

    Congratulations sir.. You are trully Humanitarian. We need more like you Human lovers every day. God keep you well.

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