Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 May 2015

MSF Press briefing on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan


 

MSF Press briefing on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — WHAT: Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) press briefing about the humanitarian situation in South Sudan

WHEN: Friday, 22 May, at 11 am

WHERE: MSF, Mayfair Centre, 4th floor, Ralph Bunche Road, Nairobi, Kenya

WHO:

– MSF Head of Mission for South Sudan, Paul Critchley

– MSF Deputy Director of Operations, Pete Buth

– MSF Deputy Program Manager for South Sudan, Johanna Van Peteghem

They will be available for interviews.

 

WHY: The provision of medical services and humanitarian assistance in Unity and Upper Nile states in South Sudan is currently severely affected by an upsurge in heavy fighting.

MSF was forced to evacuate all international staff from its hospital in Leer (Unity) on 9 May 2015, as front lines approached. More than 200 South Sudanese staff have since fled to the bush taking nine patients with them, including three premature babies. In Bentiu (Unity), MSF can no longer reach people in the surrounding area via its mobile clinics.

In Upper Nile, fierce fighting took place last week in Malakal, while heavy fighting has been ongoing in Melut since Tuesday. On both places, any logistic supplies and medical personnel deployment are halted since there is no access by plane. MSF is struggling to provide life-saving medical assistance to the wounded in Melut, where a small medical unit is working in the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site.

At the PoC in Bentiu, where MSF runs a hospital, over 11,000 newly displaced people have arrived in the past few weeks. New arrivals have told MSF horrific accounts of violence: whole villages burned to the ground, having to leave wounded behind, accounts of sexual violence against women and children. Last Sunday, our MSF medical team received a pregnant woman with a leg wound she got 9 days after being hit by a shell in her village outside of Bentiu.

MSF is gravely concerned about thousands of people displaced by heavy fighting, many of whom are likely to be in urgent need of medical and humanitarian assistance. MSF calls on all parties to respect civilians and healthcare structures.

MSF is one of the largest medical and humanitarian aid providers in South Sudan with more than 3,500 staff across the country, plus projects in Ethiopia and Uganda serving refugees from South Sudan.

 

RSVP: Media wishing to attend the press briefing, please confirm your attendance to msf-nairobi-press@msf.org

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


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