South Sudan: MSF's response to the crisis

South Sudan, despite securing independence, has descended to infighting between two military and political factions. Ten thousand people are feared to have been killed in the conflict, with nearly half a million displaced. MSF has been providing emergency medical aid on top of its existing missions.

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  1. MSF has 3,800 staff working in the country and has carried out 430,786 consultations since December 2013.
  2. South Sudan: Country in Crisis
  3. As soon as fighting began in December 2013, mobile MSF teams were able to treat victims of the violence. MSF has various projects in the country, ranging from malaria treatment to access to basic healthcare.
  4. The anti-government forces fled the capital, Juba, and made their way north towards the oil fields near South Sudan's border with Sudan, capturing the strategic town of Bor along the way. The humanitarian need at this time exploded, with tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes by the violence.
  5. Around 70,000 people, mostly #women and #children, have fled to the town of Awerial in #SouthSudan, having escaped clashes between government and #rebel #troops in #Bor. People continue to arrive every day with only the belongings they are able to carry. South Sudan 2014 © Judy Waguma/MSF #MSFSouthSudan
    Around 70,000 people, mostly #women and #children, have fled to the town of Awerial in #SouthSudan, having escaped clashes between government and #rebel #troops in #Bor. People continue to arrive every day with only the belongings they are able to carry. South Sudan 2014 © Judy Waguma/MSF #MSFSouthSudan
  6. SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS EXPLAINED IN 60 SECONDS - BBC NEWS
  7. January 2014: violence continues to spread

  8. MSF's facilities in Bentiu are looted, forcing thousands of displaced people to seek help in Leer.
  9. One week later, MSF faces a series of attacks on its project in Malakal, in Upper Nile state.  “Armed men entered the MSF compound in Malakal twice yesterday, where they looted and physically threatened the team,” said Arjan Hehenkamp, MSF’s general director.
  10. After a week MSF returns to some of its projects in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states. 
  11. On Friday 31st January, continuing insecurity in Unity state forces 240 staff and thousands of patients to flee Leer. “Despite incredibly challenging circumstances, MSF local staff continued running the hospital in Leer for as long as they could,” says Raphael Gorgeu, MSF Head of Mission.
  12. “Leer Hospital was the only fully functioning hospital in southern Unity state and now that it is no longer safe to work in this medical facility, more than 270,000 people have no access to healthcare.”

  13. Since the beginning of the crisis, tens of thousands of people are displaced from their homes.

  14. MSF operations manager, Chris Lockyear, says: "The forthcoming rainy season is a big worry with the hunger gap and extreme level of displacement. The scale is huge, even with our capacity and long experience working in the region, we are concerned for the people we cannot yet reach." 
  15. Forbes Sharp, #MSF emergency coordinator, plays with children in Tomping IDP camp in #Juba, #SouthSudan. Over 27,000 people are seeking #refuge in the camp, a fraction of the 800,000 displaced across #SouthSudan. South Sudan 2014 © Gabriele Francois Casini/ MSF #SouthSudancrisis
    Forbes Sharp, #MSF emergency coordinator, plays with children in Tomping IDP camp in #Juba, #SouthSudan. Over 27,000 people are seeking #refuge in the camp, a fraction of the 800,000 displaced across #SouthSudan. South Sudan 2014 © Gabriele Francois Casini/ MSF #SouthSudancrisis
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