Tribal violence worsens humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 10 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e255
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Six months after independence, the world’s newest nation is struggling to cope with a mounting refugee crisis, massive population displacement, and the dislocation of health services and relief supplies caused by repeated rounds of intertribal violence.

South Sudan has declared the eastern Jonglei state a “humanitarian disaster area” and appealed for international aid after fighting among tribes displaced more than 60 000 people in the past few weeks.

The fledgling country already had some of the world’s worst health and social indicators before the latest round of fighting, cattle raiding, and child abductions (BMJ 2011;342:d3726, doi:10.1136/bmj.d3726).

The United Nations estimates that more than 1100 people died and 63 000 were displaced last …

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