S/Sudan con­flict: MSF ac­cuses UN of ‘in­dif­fer­ence’

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A med­i­cal char­ity has ac­cused the UN in South Sudan of show­ing “shock­ing in­dif­fer­ence” to­wards dis­placed people shel­ter­ing at one of its com­pounds.

About 21,000 people were “liv­ing in flood wa­ter con­tam­i­nated with fae­cal mat­ter” at the UN’s Tromp­ing base in the cap­i­tal, Juba, Medecins Sans Fron­tieres (MSF) said. The UN has not yet re­acted. The group sought refuge at the com­pound af­ter fight­ing broke out be­tween govern­ment and rebels in De­cem­ber.

More than one mil­lion people have fled their homes since the con­flict be­gan.

Of these, 803,200 have been dis­placed within the coun­try, and an­other 254,000 have fled to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to a UN re­port re­leased last month.

The UN has around 8,000 peace­keep­ers in South Sudan, the world’s new­est state.

Di­ar­rhoeal dis­eases, re­s­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions and skin dis­eases had bro­ken out among dis­placed people at the com­pound, MSF said in a state­ment. The UN’s fail­ure to im­prove con­di­tions was “shame­ful” , it added.

“In the first rain­fall of the sea­son 150 la­trines col­lapsed, mix­ing with flood­wa­ter. People are liv­ing in nat­u­ral drainage chan­nels as there is no other space and there are 65 people per la­trine,” said Carolina Lopez, MSF’s emer­gency co­or­di­na­tor.

“The rains, which will last the best part of six months, are get­ting heav­ier and if noth­ing is done right now, the con­se­quences, al­ready hor­rific, could be­come fa­tal,” she added.

The vi­o­lence which caused the dis­placed people to flee erupted on 15 De­cem­ber be­tween pro-govern­ment forces loyal to Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir and soldiers back­ing Riek Machar, his for­mer vice-pres­i­dent.

Pres­i­dent Kiir ac­cused Mr Machar of plot­ting a coup, an al­le­ga­tion he de­nied. BBC

Dis­eases are rife at the camp be­cause of the UN’s fail­ure to act, MSF says

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