MSF: Civilians fleeing fighting cut off from healthcare in Yuai

The international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said fighting in Yuai town in South Sudan’s Bieh State between SPLA and SPLA-In Opposition forces has had major impact on the civilian population, forcing them to flee the town.

The area of Yuai that remained largely peaceful throughout the three years of civil war, is now witnessing clashes between government and rebels.

In a statement to Radio Tamazuj today, MSF said the recent surge in fighting in Yuai town, has left those forced to flee cut off from healthcare.

The medical aid charity pointed out that its national staffs in Yuai town have fled together with the civilian population after the clashes in the area.

 “MSF is extremely concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the fighting,” says Liz Harding, MSF’s head of mission for South Sudan.

The organization called on all warring parties to ensure that civilians are protected and that medical and humanitarian facilities as well as staff are respected and protected.

Photo: View of Wau Shilluk settlement for displaced people on west bank of White Nile River in October 2016 (Credit: MSF)