First-hand account of the plight for newly arrived refugees in South Sudan: “People are dying, people are suffering – this is a crisis”
6-13 | The United Nations and Syrian authorities have finally agreed to implement a humanitarian aid plan. This represents progress. Under the terms of the agreement reached last week, a few humanitarian organisations and agencies (actors already operating in Syria and working with Iraqi refugees) must be able to deploy aid. However, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) believes that this agreement does not adequately provide for a response to current medical emergencies.
6-12 | Following escalating violence in Rakhine state, MSF has temporarily suspended activities and reduced staff in Rakhine state. Suspension of activities means the disruption of life-saving primary health-care, including the provision of urgent anti-retroviral treatment to HIV positive patients. MSF is concerned about the safety of all its patients and staff, and hopes to resume medical activities as soon as possible in order to avoid unnecessary lives being lost.
6-6 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to identify a suitable place of refuge immediately for the 30,000 new refugees who have crossed the border from Sudan’s Blue Nile State into South Sudan’s Upper Nile State over the past two weeks. Around 2,000 people are crossing the border daily, in desperate need of humanitarian aid. They join the 70,000 refugees already hosted in the area who have fled fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the SPLM-North armed group.
5-31 | Burkina Faso : A constant flow of refugees Chad : Malnutrition rates soar South Sudan : Aid needed before the rains starts CAR : A new lease of life