Charity scales up humanitarian interventions in South Sudan

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JUBA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — The international medical humanitarian organization, Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), on Friday said it is scaling up emergency support in South Sudan’s Maban area.

“After monitoring the situation closely over the past two months, we have gradually scaled up the presence of our team in Maban area, which has now returned to our full capacity operation,” Samuel Theodore, head of mission for MSF in South Sudan, said in a statement issued in Juba.

Theodore said since mid-September, the MSF team on the ground has restarted its activities, reiterating the charity’s commitment to the host communities and displaced persons.

He said MSF operates a primary and secondary healthcare hospital in Doro refugee camp and provides primary healthcare consultations in Bunj State Hospital.

“MSF reiterates its calls for the respect and protection of humanitarian workers and health facilities,” Theodore remarked.

In July, MSF suspended most of its activities after a violent attack on aid workers and its facilities in a northwestern town of Bunj, leaving only minimal life-saving services in place.

According to UNHCR, South Sudan hosts nearly 300,000 refugees, mostly from the Kordofan and Blue Nile States. Over 144,000 of those refugees live in four camps in Maban County.

According to the UN, thousands of aid workers are providing emergency support to millions of people in South Sudan affected by war, hunger and disease.

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