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In South Sudan, 40,000 people are crowded into a flooded United Nations compound in Bentiu. Living conditions are horrific but it is the only refuge they have from the civil war that broke out last December. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Ivan Gayton describes the situation.

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By Cecilia Ferreyra, MSF HIV & TB Technical Advisor

More than 24 million people living with HIV; 9 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART); 1.5 million new infections; 1.1 million deaths from AIDS-related causes. These are some of the data just released by UNAIDS on HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, by far the area of ​​the world hardest-hit by the virus. But, in this broad area covering nearly the entire continent, we see very different realities.

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MSF project coordinator Sarah Maynard describes the devastation she witnessed on her return to a destroyed MSF hospital in Leer.

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Alice John, 17, is being treated for cholera at an MSF CTC in Juba, South Sudan.

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Kiden Margaret's two-year-old son is receiving treatment for cholera in Juba, South Sudan.

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All three of Unice Keji's grandchildren are receiving treatment for cholera in Juba, South Sudan.

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MSF Head of Mission Brian Moller discusses the situation in Juba, where MSF is working to treat an outbreak of cholera.

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Mother of two Mary Keiji rushed her children to an MSF cholera treatment center in Juba, South Sudan.

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An MSF project coordinator describes the devastation she saw at MSF’s ransacked hospital in Leer.

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By Arjan Hehenkamp, MSF General Director

When I left South Sudan ten years ago, having worked here for four, I left feeling hopeful. A ceasefire had been signed (between Sudan and opposition forces in the south) and a peace-agreement was under discussion. A few years later South Sudan became an independent country, a master of its destiny.

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