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Though treatable, the cholera outbreak in South Sudan is still affecting many who live in areas susceptible to the disease and requires immediate attention.

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Currently more than 140,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Gambella since the outbreak of the current conflict in South Sudan in December 2013.

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The cholera outbreak in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, continues to spread. MSF is increasing capacity in order to treat all patients if the epidemic accelerates.

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The flow of South Sudanese refugees to into Uganda shows no signs of abating. Every day, approximately 300 people cross the border to escape insecurity and lack of food in neighboring South Sudan. Since conflict erupted there in December between the army, loyal to President Salva Kiir, and forces supporting former Vice President Riek Machar, more than 66,000 South Sudanese have taken refuge in Adjumani district in northern Uganda.

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For the past several weeks, MSF teams in Ethiopia have been providing assistance to South Sudanese refugees fleeing violence and persecution in their country.

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Violent clashes have forced more than 15,000 people to seek refuge in newly created camps in Melut county, in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.

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MSF is providing medical care in two camps in Juba, South Sudan, where 40,000 people are seeking refuge from widespread fighting.

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Over the past few days, hundreds of people have been wounded and thousands have been displaced by heavy fighting in South Sudan’s Upper Nile, Unity, and Jonglei states, says the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and MSF teams in Malakal and Nasir in Upper Nile State have treated 116 people with gunshot wounds.

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Just under two weeks ago, 240 South Sudanese Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff left Leer Hospital, fleeing into the bush with several dozen of the most severely injured patients and thousands of local people. The security situation is worsening every day, living conditions are life-threatening, and MSF has now lost contact with two-thirds of its staff.

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In the past month alone, more than 89,000 South Sudanese people have fled the country and crossed into Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda to escape fighting in their homeland. At present, there are still more than 1,000 people per day undertaking long journeys by foot, bus, or truck, bringing only what they carry, and arriving across the border short on food and in need of medical care.

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