Aid agencies warn of mounting humanitarian crisis among refugees in South Sudan

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 26 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4352
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Sudan are facing a medical emergency as they arrive in overcrowded camps in newly independent South Sudan, according to doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says South Sudan (a country with some of the world’s worst health indicators1) is currently hosting more than 150 000 refugees from Sudan. More than 112 000 are in Upper Nile state, while a further 51 000 are in settlements further west in Unity state.

“With the security and humanitarian conditions deteriorating in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, a growing number of Sudanese have been seeking refuge in South …

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