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Doctors with Africa: Please help South Sudan. They need almost everything

2016-05-22

The number of victims is not known. For months there has not been an official list of those killed during this war.

This is the drama that plagues South Sudan. The youngest country in the world was born amidst hopes, but soon became labeled with internal violence.

The people try to get ahead despite relying almost entirely on foreign aid. They are providing aid through organizations such as "Doctors with Africa CUAMM.”

CHIARA SCANAGATTA
Medical, Doctors with Africa CUAMM
"We need funds for nutrition programs to provide food supplements to the malnourished or those who have had to leave their homes. There is war and there are few fields destroyed. The needs are immense."

The UN does not knows how many victims are leaving the war between the faction of President Salva Kiir, the Dinka, and former Vice President Riek Machar, from the Nuer.

Dyes and ethnic power struggles of these former warlords are creating a population that has lived in war since 1955. First, when it was just Sudan, and now as an independent country. During this time, almost two and a half million people have lost their homes.

CHIARA SCANAGATTA
Medical, Doctors with Africa CUAMM
"The area in which we operate has about 150,000 inhabitants, but we help much more than that because people come from five districts. It is difficult to give exact figures because the population keeps moving mainly due to insecurity. They reach a district, then leave or return to the previous. We have three hospitals and each welcomes patients from several areas.”

These doctors work where healthcare is a privilege for only a few. For more than 65 years they have been in Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Angola, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.

The Pope became aware of the delicate situation in South Sudan from these doctors firsthand, when he had a special meeting with them.

POPE FRANCIS
"You have chosen Africa’s poorest countries, the sub-Saharan, and the most forgotten areas, "the last mile” of healthcare systems. They are the geographic peripheries to which the Lord sends you to be Good Samaritans, to go out to meet the poor Lazarus, passing through the "door” that leads from the first to the third world. This is your "holy door!”

About five million people, half the population of South Sudan, is threatened by hunger. A war and economic collapse of the country explain the high food prices and poor harvests this year. Once again, misfortune preys on the weakest.

Only aid workers, like Doctors with Africa CUAMM, go where the world has long turned its back on millions of people.


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