Read about first-hand accounts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers and patients.

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South Sudan Uganda SGBV sexual and gender-based violence
June 19, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people who fled intense violence in South Sudan now live in refugee settlements like Bidi Bidi and Imvepi in neighboring Uganda. Despite this massive influx, the international humanitarian response is still woefully insufficient, especially when it comes to treating survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Since March 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided care for survivors of SGBV in Bidi Bidi and launched similar services in Imvepi in May.

June 02, 2017

More than 27,000 people have fled their homes in Yuai and Waat since mid-February after clashes between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition groups. Those who escaped to Pieri have told MSF teams that civilians were shot at, raped, and killed and their houses burned to the ground. Now desperately short of food, water, and shelter, many of the displaced people are living under trees and eating leaves to survive.

South Sudan Uganda refugee
May 18, 2017

Nola Aniba Tito, 27, is a medical translator working in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) health center in Ofua 3 Zone, in Uganda's Rhino refugee settlement. Originally from a town in South Sudan's Equatoria region, she fled violence in July 2016 with her children and started working with MSF in March 2017. Eighty-six percent of all South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are women and children. Here, she tells her story in her own words.

South Sudan Uganda refugee
May 18, 2017

Vanessa Cramond is a nurse from Auckland, New Zealand, who recently spent two months as emergency medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Uganda, where MSF is responding to an unprecedented influx of refugees from South Sudan. Here, she describes the situation. 

March 16, 2017

For the past two years, Francis Ronyo worked as a nurse at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Wau Shilluk, South SudanFrancis was on duty when the order was given to evacuate Wau Shilluk and flee to Kodok.

March 16, 2017

Mary Mayik Lual is a 32-year-old single mother of five, who worked as a cleaner at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Wau Shilluk, South Sudan. When the fighting started she was forced to flee with the rest of the town’s population to Kodok and then to Aburoch, where MSF runs emergency operations.

February 21, 2017

People are constantly on the move in South Sudan’s Leer and Mayendit counties, where shifting front lines of conflict frequently force residents to flee their homes. Repeated attacks on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Leer have further complicated the situation, necessitating new approaches to health care provision. Here, MSF doctor Philippa Pett describes how her team of South Sudanese staff has adapted to provide health care to people on the move through a flexible network of mobile clinics.

June 29, 2015

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has resumed activities in Melut, in South Sudan's Upper Nile State, 16 days after renewed fighting forced the organization to suspend medical activities and evacuate staff.

February 12, 2015

A little more than a year after the current conflict started in South Sudan, the humanitarian situation remains dire. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Siobhan O’Malley has provided health care in both Malakal and Bentiu, two of the towns hit hardest by the fighting. Here she reflects on working on the frontline, providing neutral and impartial medical care to those most in need.

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