14 June 2016. Malakal: A generic view of the the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan.
The rainy season started and made the living conditions very difficult for the displaced people in one of the most crowded PoC in South Sudan. In some areas, the density in this camp is around 9 square meters per person, which is highly below the UN standards (30). People are facing health risks such malaria and cholera due to the lack of good draining infrastructures. 32,000 people are currently living in this PoC that faced on of the most violent episodes in the South Sudanese civil war.
Fighting between elements of the Shilluk and Dinka communities erupted in the Malakal PoC on February 17. UN reports confirmed that armed men in Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) uniforms entered the UN camp and fired on civilians, looting and burning tents. At least 18 people were killed and more than 90 wounded.
After the clashes, Dinka families (approximately 4,000 people) fled outside the PoC and sought refugee into Malakal town, while about 26,000 Nuer and Shilluk IDPs, mostly women and children, sought refugee in the former PoC.
Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran - MSF