A Desperate Situation for Displaced People in South Sudan

Mostly women and children, they carry the few belongings they managed to salvage before fleeing.
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Since fighting erupted in Bor, Jonglei State, people have been fleeing to the town of Awerial, in neighboring Lakes State, seeking safety. However, the area does not have the capacity to absorb all of the new arrivals. Living conditions are near catastrophic, and more medical and humanitarian assistance is urgently needed.

Mostly women and children, they carry the few belongings they managed to salvage before fleeing.
Jake Simkin/MSF
More than 75,000 people have fled violence in Jonglei state and are currently living in desperate conditions in Awerial.
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Every day, boat after boat arrives at Awerial, on the west bank of the Nile.
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People’s living conditions are dire, with most setting up camp under trees or in makeshift shelters.
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Since the beginning of the crisis, an emergency team from MSF has been supporting Awerial’s two Ministry of Health clinics.
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A inpatient unit has been set up for severely ill patients and women giving birth.
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Our staff in Awerial are providing around 200 medical consultations each day.
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Most cases of acute watery diarrhoea are due to poor sanitation and the shortage of clean water.
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Overcrowding, water shortages and the absence of latrines increase the risk of disease outbreaks. Community health workers are trained to recognize the symptoms and refer people to the clinic.
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To prevent waterborne diseases, MSF teams are chlorinating water from the Nile and setting up rehydration points.
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Over the past three weeks, MSF medical teams have provided 26,320 consultations and admitted 1,014 patients to its medical facilities in South Sudan. Teams have also delivered more than 40 tons of medical and logistical supplies to MSF’s emergency projects in South Sudan.
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