South Sudan: More Displaced by Ongoing Fighting in Upper Nile State

Anna Surinyach/MSF

New fighting over the past 24 hours in the town of Malakal, in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, has killed two people, injured many more, and displaced some 900 people, who were forced to seek sanctuary at a designated Protection of Civilians (PoC) site.

Tension in the area remains very high. MSF, which is working in the hospital at the PoC, is currently preparing for a possible influx of wounded people.

Since the beginning of April, clashes have displaced around 4,600 people from Malakal to the PoC, pushing the total number of people living in the PoC to more than 25,000. Each new round of displacements further strains the limited resources of the PoC, and the needs are mounting.

In February 2014, MSF's hospital in Malakal was ransacked and set on fire by armed men. Now, with more confrontations expected, MSF teams have been forced to suspend some of its outreach activities to remote areas hosting internally displaced people.

MSF calls upon all parties to the conflict to respect and facilitate access of humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the South Sudanese conflict.

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The South Sudanese key strategic town of Malakal came under attack on February 18. The clashes between government and opposition forces forced thousands of people to flee to other locations or to the UN compound in the town. The Malakal Teaching hospital was attacked by armed men. Upon their return to the hospital, MSF teams found eleven bodies. Some patients had been shot in their beds.
Anna Surinyach/MSF