New Refugees Need Assistance: MSF

At least 2,500 Sudanese from South Kordofan State have arrived in the towns of Kodok and Lelo in Fashoda and Malakal counties in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state and are in need of humanitarian assistance, says the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF).

Juba, 17 October 2013 [Gurtong]- According to MSF, many of the displaced are women and children who walked between five and 10 days, fleeing their homes in Warni and Kau-Nyaro, southeast of South Kordofan state.

MSF quotes Ms Baria El Kik, one of the refugees as saying:  “We did not have food and, despite the risk of being attacked on the way, we arrived in Lelo hoping to find something to eat for ourselves and some to take back home for the children who were too weak to walk.”

“Many more people are expected to arrive but it is taking time because of the heavy rains and difficult road conditions,” she added.

According to MSF, the nutritional status of the women and children is a great concern. “They are already weak when they arrive and without humanitarian assistance their condition will only worsen,” the medical humanitarian agency said in a press statement.

Nevertheless, according to the statement, in Kodok, more than 200 children under five years of age are now receiving treatment in the ambulatory therapeutic feeding programme.

MSF says they are carrying out mobile clinics on a weekly basis, monitoring the health status of the population and providing primary healthcare to assist the most vulnerable population.

“In addition to medical assistance, MSF is lobbying other stakeholders to ensure proper and swift action is taken in favour of the newly arrived communities,” adds the statement.

MSF has been working in the region that today constitutes the Republic of South Sudan since 1983. It is present in eight of the ten states, responding to many emergencies including large-scale displacement, refugee influxes, alarming nutrition situations, and peaks of disease such as malaria and kala azar, in addition to providing basic and specialist healthcare services.


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