Violence Pushes Child Mortality Rate Over Emergency Threshold in South Sudan

Ils sont de plus en plus nombreux a fuir les combats pour rejoindre le camp de refugies de Yida situe de l autre cote de la frontiere, au Sud Soudan. Beaucoup arrivent epuise et en etat de sous alimentation apres une semaine de marche sous le soleil soudanais arrassant. Certains jours ils peuvent etre 800 a se presenter aux portes du camp. Ce dernier compte actuellement 30 000 refugies mais ce chiffre est en constante progression. *** Local Caption *** In South Sudan, MSF is present in Yida, next to the border with Sudan. This village hosts a camp of refugees who escaped shellings in South Kordofan. MSF set up a small hospital and a clinics in the refugees'camp in Yida. <br/>A new influx of 30,000 refugees crossed the border from Sudan's Blue Nile State into South Sudan's Upper Nile State over a period of about 2 weeks. They join the 70,000 refugees who are already hosted in overcrowded refugee camps. With no space left in the camps, and life-threatening shortages of water, a place of refuge with the basic life-sustaining essentials needs urgently to be found. MSF is providing medical care and treating 90,000 litres of water per day in their temporary gathering-place under trees in the harsh environment of this remote corner of South Sudan.
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The violence that began in South Sudan in mid-December has continued, unabated, while the humanitarian situation has further deteriorated. Data collected by doctors indicates that the mortality rate, particularly for children under five, now exceeds the emergency threshold. More than 3,000 MSF staff, mostly South Sudanese, are working in nine of the country's 10 states.