South Sudan

No Healthcare for Fleeing South Sudanese as War Intensifies

The situation is worsening in South Sudan day and night for the fleeing civilians as heavy fighting continues between the government and rebel forces of Dr. Riek Machar.

Fighting that is mainly happening in the oil rich greater Upper Nile region, ambulance early this week forced the United Nations International Organization for Migration to suspend its operations in the area.

On Sunday Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced that the fleeing community of Wau Shilluk town and state capital Malakal are not getting any more emergency healthcare since all access have been cut off.

“The recent surge in fighting in and around the towns of Wau Shilluk and Malakal (Greater Upper Nile region), rx has left many of those forced to flee cut off from healthcare,” part of the statement released by MSF today said.

Wau Shilluk is the worst affected area according to the same statement.

“Most of Wau Shilluk’s 20,500 population fled for the bush on the 25 January when opposing forces started an exchange of artillery fire across the Nile.  When three days later the town’s market was hit by mortar fire the rest of the town’s population evacuated.”

Meanwhile, medical facilities are also at great risk from the continuous clashes.

Last week the opposing sides started exchange of heavy weapons including artillery fire and one shell reportedly landed dangerously close to the MSF clinic in Malakal town, which is located on the
opposite side of the Nile from Wau Shilluk.


The medical relief organization appealed to the government forces and rebels to desist from attacking health facilities.

“We call on both sides to respect the protected status of medical facilities and ensure that all displaced populations have access to medical care.

MSF is closely monitoring the situation and evaluating how best we can provide medical support to the sick and wounded.”

South Sudan war has entered the fourth year with no sign of ending as civilians continue to die and undergo severe sufferings.

Back to top button
Translate »

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker