When the fighting began in Pibor, South Sudan, nineteen-year-old Marta’s youngest daughter, only three months old, was already sick. In July, as the conflict drew nearer to her village, Marta fled with her children to the bush to escape. They sought safety in many locations, desperately trying to leave the conflict behind.
Marta was one of the first 10 patients at MSF’s emergency clinic after it reopened on 11 August in the wake of fresh violence in Pibor. She waited with her two-year-old daughter for more than two hours before the clinic opened to ensure they could be seen. The opportunity to access healthcare came too late for her baby daughter, who died while they were on the run.
“Today is the first time that I have had access to a healthcare facility since February,” says Marta. “It has been a huge loss for me. This fighting is really affecting our community and causing loss. We are really suffering.”