Conflict and climate shocks have compounded hardships faced by displaced people in Twic County, South Sudan. Families living in camps across the region face a lack of food, water, and health care; recurrent outbreaks of disease; and limited capacity from nongovernmental organizations to adequately address the situation.
Among the displaced are 10,000 people who fled the city of Agok last year due to violence. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which had been running a hospital in Agok for eight years, followed the displaced communities south to Gomgoi camp, where teams have been providing medical humanitarian aid since March 2022. In addition to running mobile clinics, which are critical to providing care to communities afflicted by violence and displacement, MSF has distributed food, plastic sheeting, and other relief items, and constructed latrines and water points in makeshift displacement camps in the area.
Health needs continue to increase for people living in camps
Margaret Abuk, an MSF community health worker, is one of the people who fled south into Twic County. She has been living in a shelter with her three daughters, in Majak Aher camp, next to Turalei town.
“We had to run,” she explained, “because of the conflict, because we were afraid, because people were killing us and our children. I decided to come to Turalei because I knew there is public administration and protection as well as nongovernmental organizations that would help us in the camp.”