December 15, 2015, marks two years of conflict since fighting broke out in South Sudan's capital, Juba, and spread rapidly throughout the country. This collection of photographs reflects the work of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 18 locations in South Sudan and in camps across the borders in Ethiopia and Uganda where many South Sudanese have taken shelter.
In April 2014, an estimated 90,000 people fleeing violence in South Sudan had settled in Ethiopia’s Gambella region.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing assistance in four different locations. In Lietchuor camp, home to 44,000 refugees, MSF has set up an inpatient department with an intensive therapeutic feeding center (85 beds), an out-patient department and a maternity ward.
Huge numbers of Somalis have left the country’s central regions to seek refuge in the capital, Mogadishu, since July. They have had to leave due to poor agricultural production, loss of livestock because of drought, increasing prices, and perpetual insecurity. Once they reach Mogadishu, however, they are vulnerable to a host of health problems.
Photographer Sven Torfinn recently visited Galcayo, a divided town in Somalia where MSF is working to deliver desperately-needed health care amid drought and malnutrition exacerbated by years of conflict.
People in southern Sudan, including the border area of Abyei, are grappling with chronic malnutrition, epidemics, and deadly diseases—on top of the continuing violence. MSF's presence in the region is extremely important, but escalating tensions have blocked people's access to what little health care is available.
Galcayo is located in south-central Somalia with a ‘green line’ that divides Galcayo South and Galcayo North between warring factions. Twenty years of violence have destroyed basic state services and the healthcare system. Women and children are particularly vulnerable, with one in 12 women dying during childbirth and one in seven children dying before his or her first birthday.
Photographer Julie Remy documented life and MSF's work in the Dhaka slum of Kamrangirchar, a rapidly expanding settlement on the banks of a badly polluted river where health needs are significant and often go unmet.