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MSF laments S Sudan refugee crisis

2012-07-02 09:09

Cape Town - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned of dire medical consequences in South Sudan refugee camps, where tens of thousands of people are seeking refuge as they continue to flee war in Sudan.

In an interview with News24, Tara Newell, the organisation's emergency co-ordinator in Maban in the Upper Nile State, said the situation was rapidly developing into a full blown crisis as water supplies were starting to run out amid an influx of refugees.

"The situation here is not very good. Water is very difficult to access," said Newell, adding that they had recently received 40 000 new refuges to add to the more than 100 000 already on the ground.

She said it was unfortunate that many died from dehydration along the way to the camps, as they walked for weeks and even months to reach their destination.

Despite the efforts by MSF and other humanitarian organisations to contain the situation, the conditions and facilities remain insufficient to cope with the needs of the refugees.

According to Newell, the situation is becoming increasingly precarious with the start of the rainy season in that region.

MSF works in several locations across South Sudan, providing medical services in hospitals, health posts, and mobile clinics in eight states and the Abyei border area. Among the services MSF provides are malaria treatment, inpatient and outpatient care, vaccination campaigns, nutrition care, care for kala azar and sleeping sickness, paediatric, maternal, and antenatal care, surgery, treatment for people wounded in conflict, among others.

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