- MSF has 3,800 staff working in the country and has carried out 430,786 consultations since December 2013.
- 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.
- 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.
January 2014: violence continues to spread
- MSF's facilities in Bentiu are looted, forcing thousands of displaced people to seek help in Leer.
- 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.
- After a week MSF returns to some of its projects in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states.
- 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.
“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.”
Since the beginning of the crisis, tens of thousands of people are displaced from their homes.
- 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."