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Refugee camps in South Sudan are having serious problems when it comes to protecting the health of those who live there. Tens of thousands of refugees have arrived, and another 15,000 more are expected to come across the border before the end of the year. The situation is being described in catastrophic terms, and world aid organizations and governments are being asked to help resolve the problem.
“We are already stretched to the breaking point here, and any surge or increase in the population will make it nearly impossible to cope with the situation,” UNHCR’s Kathryn Mahoney told The Associated Press.
The roads in the area have become so bad that the World Food Program can only drop food from the sky. The population of one camp, called Yida, rose from 17,000 to 65,000 in just seven months. Workers say that during the summer months, 1,000 people arrived every single day, and the camp is now over-run with disease.
One official from the group “Doctors Without Borders” referred to his stay as “five weeks of h**l.”
Roughly two people per 10,000 are dying every single day, which is double the number that is considered to be an emergency. Around 25% of those admitted to the camp’s hospital are dying and most are malnourished ”In June, July it was so (bad),” recalled MSF Emergency Coordinator Foura Sassou Madi.
The group running the camp says that they are going to run out of resources if they don’t receive help. Let’s hope that they do.