Crisis in South Sudan: An Overview

Dear Friends of the Buckeye Health Clinic in South Sudan,

Because so little has been reported in the local or national media on the crisis in South Sudan, many people are asking what is going on.  In this email I will try to give the Reader’s Digest version and provide links for further information.

After almost five months of fighting, over 10,000 have been killed, over 1,000,000 people are internally displaced within South Sudan, and 240,000 fled to neighboring countries.  The situation got worse two weeks ago when armed Dinka youth killed 48 Nuer in the UN Compound in Bor (the capital city of Jonglei State where the Buckeye Health Clinic is located).  Then in retribution, Nuer rebel troops killed over 200 civilians in a Mosque in Bentiu, capital of Unity State.

Both sides have been responsible for attacks on civilians, cities have been looted, hospitals and medical clinics have been heavily damaged, and displaced people have fled their homes and are living without food, clean water, or shelter.

New York Time article U.N. Report Documents Atrocities by Both Sides in South Sudan War: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/09/world/africa/south-sudan-war.html?_r=0#report
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