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South Sudan: Insecurity in Leer Has Devastating Consequences for Those Hiding in the Bush | Medecins Sans Frontieres

At the end of January, 240 South Sudanese Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff left Leer Hospital, fleeing into the bush with several dozen of the most severely injured patients and thousands of local people. The security situation is worsening every day, living conditions are life-threatening, and MSF has now lost contact with two-thirds of its staff.

“Many people from Leer are here,” explains a South Sudanese MSF staff member who is currently hiding in the bush outside the town. “The community is hungry, [and] food and water are a problem for everyone—people are drinking water from a dirty river. We hide during the day, it is safer for us to move around at night.”

“The situation on the ground is chaotic and hostile and it is very difficult to know where the civilians have fled to from Leer,” says Raphael Gorgeu, MSF’s South Sudan Head of Mission. “The sporadic contact we are able to make with our staff paints a desperate picture for them and the unknown thousands living in terrible conditions, vulnerable to disease, dehydration, malnutrition, and attack.”

For more on this story, visit: South Sudan: Insecurity in Leer Has Devastating Consequences for Those Hiding in the Bush | MSF USA.

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