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Southern Sudan: MSF Treats People Caught in Armed Clashes

MSF teams in the southern Sudan towns of Bentiu and Malakal have treated over 30 people with gunshot wounds in recent days.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the southern Sudan towns of Bentiu and Malakal have treated over 30 people with gunshot wounds in recent days. MSF’s medical intervention is alongside and in coordination with southern Sudan's Ministry of Health.

The wounded civilians were caught in the crossfire during clashes between the ruling party of southern Sudan and opposing groups in and around Mankien, in Unity State, and Kaldak, in neighboring Upper Nile State—located in the northern region of southern Sudan.

Among the wounded that MSF treated were women and children, some of them malnourished and suffering from malaria. The recent fighting in the region severely hampers MSF’s ability to reach the affected population. Due to the sudden arrival of many patients at the MSF hospital in Bentiu, MSF is planning assessments to those locations that are still accessible to find out to what extent the civilian population is affected by the fighting and whether those who could not reach Bentiu and Malakal have access to any health care.