Among those who have crossed the border, close to 353,000 have fled to South Sudan. This includes more than 295,000 South Sudanese returnees and 50,000 Sudanese refugees.
The majority have reached Renk in the northeast of the country, but many are also coming through two border crossing points from Darfur into Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, in the north-west of South Sudan.
Insecurity continues in Wedweil camp
Around 9,000 people, according to UNHCR, are currently living in a refugee settlement near a town called Wedweil, where MSF opened a health clinic in June as part of its emergency response. The MSF clinic provides care for everyone in the area: refugees, returnees and the existing residents of Wedweil. Between June and September, MSF carried out over 10,400 consultations in this clinic.
We also trucked in more than 900,000 litres of water to the camp and drilled a borehole to ensure that people can have an adequate water supply. However, there are many gaps remaining, not least of which are the dire sanitation and hygiene conditions in the camp. With the number of people in the camp expected to expand to 20,000 over the coming months, sanitation and hygiene need to be urgently addressed to protect people from potential outbreaks of infectious disease.
“The conflict in Sudan is intensifying the existing humanitarian needs in South Sudan,” explains Mamman Mustapha, MSF head of mission in South Sudan. “People in Northern Bahr El Ghazal already face a multitude of issues, including food insecurity, limited access to clean water and limited access to healthcare. Recent floods and droughts have led to crops failing and animals dying. The number of people receiving food rations in the state has been cut by 50 per cent, and at the same time food prices have been going up, which has reduced people’s ability to buy what they need.”