An estimated 120,000 people have fled fighting in and around the main towns in Pibor county in South Sudan’s Jonglei state and are now hiding in unsafe and malaria-infested swamps without access to safe drinking water, food, or medical care, said the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The government of South Sudan must allow immediate humanitarian assistance to these areas to prevent the deaths of thousands of internally displaced persons, said MSF.
Many of the displaced have fled for their lives into the bush amid intensified fighting between the South Sudan Army (SPLA) and the David YauYau armed militia group over the past month. The heightened fighting has coincided with the destruction of medical facilities throughout the county, including the systematic looting of the MSF hospital in Pibor town in late May, and the refusal of the SPLA to provide the necessary security guarantees to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance to the displaced population.
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