Skirmishes flare up in eastern South Sudan amid displacement of civilians

Spla Soldiers Near Juba April
Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO)

Inter-ethnic clashes in the newly created Pibor Administrative Area of eastern South Sudan, have displaced thousands of civilians, medical charity Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Tuesday.

According to MSF, 28 wounded civilians have been treated for injuries in the last two weeks as others continue to seek medical assistance.

“We continue to receive some wounded civilians in Pibor. Many others are arriving in other health facilities, and many more are likely to have been unable to reach a health center,” MSF said.

The ethnic violence begun mid-February after President Salva Kiir reduced the number of states from 32 to 10 and made Pibor one of three Administrative areas under his control.

MSF expressed concerns about the safety of displaced people due to the growing threat of diseases and lack of medical facilities after some of its centers in the trouble spots were closed.

“The number of patients that our team is seeing in Pibor is too low for the magnitude of the current violence and displacement in the area,” said Ania Zolkiewska, MSF Head of Mission.

“With limited health services outside of Pibor town, we are very concerned about the ability of civilians and the wounded to access medical care,” she added.

South Sudan formed a transitional unity government on Feb. 22 after the youngest country in Africa had been ravaged by years of civil war. Enditem

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