Saturday, August 9, 2014

South Sudan crisis: 'Horrific conditions' in flooded UN camp-BBC News -

Flooded UN camp in BentiuMSF says conditions in the camp were already difficult before the rain set in
At least 40,000 people who fled fighting in South Sudan are staying in horrific conditions at a UN camp, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.
Many were living in knee-deep, sewage-contaminated floodwater with some sleeping standing up with children in their arms, the medical charity said.
MSF urged the UN to move the worst-affected to drier land in Bentiu.
Fighting between government and rebel troops has displaced at least 1.5 million people since December.
The UN is yet to respond to MSF's criticism.
Bentiu has changed hands several times since the crisis began and thousands of people have sought refuge in the UN camp in the town, situated in oil-rich Unity State.
With the onset of rains, MSF says the already harsh and overcrowded conditions in the camp have now become deplorable.
"With few possibilities for drainage, current living conditions in the camp are horrifying and an affront to human dignity," MSF's emergency co-ordinator Ivan Gayton said in a statement.
What began as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, has escalated into ethnic violence.
Regional mediators have set a 10 August deadline for both sides to agree on a transitional government and implement a ceasefire.
The BBC's Ethiopia correspondent Emmanuel Igunza says a new round of talks in Addis Ababa this week initially stalled, but restarted on Friday afternoon.
News graphic showing the ethnic groups of South SudanMap of South Sudan states affected by conflictMap showing the location of oil fields in South SudanMap showing the geography of South SudanMap showing access to water in South SudanSudan's arid north is mainly home to Arabic-speaking Muslims. But in South Sudan there is no dominant culture. The Dinkas and the Nuers are the largest of more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own languages and traditional beliefs, alongside Christianity and Islam.

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