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A significant decline in the number of new cholera cases in South Sudan in recent weeks has prompted Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to scale down its cholera operations. Instead it will redirect resources towards other unmet health needs in the country, where more than 1.7 million people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict.

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As the rainy season continues, Ethiopia’s Lietchuor refugee camp—which shelters some 40,000 people who fled violence in South Sudan—has become a lake dotted with islands. As a result, Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the UNHCR have decided to close the camp and must find an appropriate site to relocate the refugees.

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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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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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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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MSF carried out an emergency nutrition intervention in Ethiopia's remote Afar region, one of the world's harshest places to live.

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MSF is providing care to mothers in the remote Ethiopian region of Aroressa, where health centers and qualified medical personnel are scarce.

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MSF is working to assist some 12,000 Sudanese refugees displaced by violence in Ethiopia's Bambasi refugee camp.

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In May 2012, after successfully coping with a humanitarian crisis, MSF handed over its project in Hiloweyn refugee camp to an Ethiopian refugee agency.

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Nearly 120,000 Somali refugees are now taking shelter in Ethiopia's Liben region, in camps originally built to house less than half their number.

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