Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/16/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Fighting between the government and rebels in South Sudan's troubled Jonglei have worsened

South Sudanese hiding in malaria-infested swamps are sure to die from malaria and respiratory illnesses unless the government allows humanitarian aid in. That's the stern prediction as offered by the medical charity group Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) said last week.

Jonglei has been the site of ongoing violence since March, when the army launched an offensive against rebels.

Jonglei has been the site of ongoing violence since March, when the army launched an offensive against rebels.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/16/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: South Sudan, swamps, refugees, rebels, malaria


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Some 120,000 people are estimated to have fled into the bush because of fighting between the government and rebels in South Sudan's troubled Jonglei state last month. MSF says that the army has refused to allow or facilitate the provision of emergency medicines, food and water to the displaced.

"MSF knows from years of experience in Jonglei that without medical care people will not be able to live for long and will die of pneumonia and other respiratory diseases," MSF's director of operations, Bart Janssens, said in a statement. "Immediate action is required to avoid catastrophe."

Jonglei has been the site of ongoing violence since March, when the army launched an offensive against rebels. Leader David Yau Yau says that he and the rebels want to end corruption and the dominance of the ruling party.

In the meantime, the rainy season has begun and the area where people are hiding will flood. The rains will bring malarial mosquitoes, making those sleeping out in the open easy targets.

"This will not be a place where people can remain alive," Janssens said.

Aid agencies evacuated from the town of Pibor last month, days before security forces went on the rampage, looting several agency compounds and homes, including MSF's hospital. The army said officers who had defected from a state wildlife force caused the damage, denying regular soldiers were behind the attack.

The town emptied of civilians, with government soldiers and U.N. peacekeepers remaining behind.

The MSF maintains that the government is denying humanitarian access to the bush where most people are hiding.

"Repeated requests by MSF to the authorities to travel outside these towns [Pibor and Gumruk] to deliver assistance to the people hiding in the bush have been denied," the statement said.

"Recently MSF was informed unambiguously by the SPLA [army] commanders that the organization would not be permitted to go to opposition held territory to provide medical care, or that travel into the bush to conduct assessments of the needs of displaced people would not be permitted until such time as the government has 'control' of the area," it added.

Adding to the situation is the fact that people are too scared to walk to town to seek medical care because they fear being confused with rebels or caught in the crossfire, MSF said. The population of Pibor is predominantly Murle, the same ethnic group as rebel leader Yau Yau.

The Murle are a minority who have been marginalized and also embroiled in a long-running conflict over land and cattle with the Lou Nuer, which has a strong presence in the army.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha Files Special Report From Nigeria: Protecting God's Gifts of Life and Family Watch

Image of Obianuju Ekeocha is an African woman, living and working in the United Kingdom as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. She is also the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of a Culture of Life in Africa  through the dissemination of good information, sensitization and education. She has written several articles including the

By Ms Obianuju Ekeocha and Most Reverend Emmanuel Badejo

In response to the encroaching Culture of Death, the increasing violation of the sanctity of human life around the world, and in line with Pope Francis' call for the need to sustain and support marriage and family life, the Catholic Bishops, priests, religious ... continue reading


Diabolical new ISIS video shows two groups of Christians brutally executed Watch

Image of The video depicts two groups of men, one in orange jumpsuits and the other in black, being killed at different locations in Libya.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a malefic new Islamist State video, two separate groups of Christians are seen being led bound before being executed. The victims are thought to be Ethiopian Christians killed in Libya. The terror network's media arm, al-Furqan Media video is entitled "Until ... continue reading


Islamic State may have trouble infiltrating Morocco. Six jihadists detained for plotting terrorist attacks Watch

Image of A U.S. Marine and a Moroccan army soldier train together, part of a growing number of programs where Western militaries conduct drills with African nations in order to help them combat Islamic jihadists.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

At least six members of a terrorist cell that had ties to the Islamic State were arrested in Morocco, Moroccan authorities announced on Monday. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - This cell was planing attacks on behalf of the Islamic State, and apparently had ... continue reading


Archaeologists amazingly uncover potential oldest tools in the world Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The oldest tools known to man was created about to 3.4 million years ago. Recent findings stated that the tools found at the archaeological site, Lomekwi 3, in Kenya are even older than the tools believed to be the oldest, about 2.6 years older. The findings were ... continue reading


At least 2,000 girls and women kidnapped by Boko Haram for illicit purposes Watch

Image of Protesters in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington hold signs during a march in support of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

By Emma Farge and Alex Whiting, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. DAKAR/LONDON ... continue reading


#BringBackOurGirls: One year since the massive Boko Haram kidnapping and 219 Chibok schoolgirls are still missing Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were horrifically kidnapped from Government Secondary School in Chibok by Boko Haram. Exactly one year later, the whereabouts of 219 of those young girls remains unknown. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since Boko Haram severely ... continue reading


Satellite images show Boko Haram's horrible handiwork as town wiped from Earth Watch

Image of Since the start of 2014, there has been at least 300 raids and attacks carried out by Boko Haram against civilians.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Satellite images reveal the horrible handiwork of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram. The armed militants wiped Bama, a city in northern Nigeria from the face of the Earth. Stories are emerging of women and elderly persons being burned alive in their own ... continue reading


ISIS hacks popular French television network Watch

Image of French television network TV5 Monde has been hacked by a group claiming ISIS affiliation.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

The Islamic State's grip on the world is strengthening more and more. This terrorist nebula that began by attacking cities and innocent people in the Middle East and North Africa has acquired enough ability to expand further. The engineers ISIS draws from North Africa ... continue reading


Islamic extremism continues to raid Tunisia with deadly ambushes Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

The war against terrorism initiated by the Tunisian authorities does not seem to be ending soon. The country's security services lack experience in this war against an invisible enemy and are struggling to ensure security in the whole territory. ALGIERS, ALGERIA ... continue reading


Obama's excessive drone strikes in Somalia intensifies hate against Christians and the U.S. Watch

Image of President Obama and White House officials are defending the United States'

By Abigail James (News Consortium)

President Obama and White House officials are defending the United States' "low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism." As war and death plague places like Somalia and Yemen every day, President Obama continues to issue airstrikes with drones. LOS ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 11:19-26
19 Those who had scattered because of the persecution ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
1 [Of the sons of Korah Psalm Song] With its ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:22-30
22 It was the time of the feast of Dedication in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 28th, 2015 Image

St. Peter Chanel
April 28: In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day - April 28) ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter