South Sudan: MSF Stops Operating Clinics in Remote Areas Around Mundri After Violent Armed Robbery

MSF in Agok, South Sudan. South Sudan faces many challenges, including ongoing conflict, displacement, food shortages/malnutrition, lack of social services including health care, and insecurity. MSF hospitals have been under attack from different armed groups, putting the medical staff and patients at risk.
SOUTH SUDAN © Valérie Batselaere/MSF
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Juba, South Sudan—A team working for the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were victims of a violent armed robbery on Tuesday, April 24. The robbery took place in an area south of Mundri town in South Sudan. MSF condemns this brutal act.

While the MSF team was delivering much-needed health care to remote areas of Mundri, a group of 10 unidentified armed men stopped their convoy, physically assaulted the team, threatened them with violence, and took their personal belongings, along with medical supplies and other MSF property.

This attack forces MSF to stop operating mobile clinics in the area until safe access to the isolated communities we support can be assured by all armed actors. The people of South Sudan suffer most when our mobile clinics and other facilities cannot operate safely. In this case, the armed robbery directly affects much needed health care services for around 75,000 people.

MSF has been operating in Mundri since October 2016. Despite the challenges we face when providing much-needed medical and humanitarian assistance, from January to March 2018, MSF provided 1,760 medical consultations to communities in Mundri, including 509 patients treated for malaria.