Juba-Violence in South Sudan’s civil war including the execution of scores of hospital patients is the worst seen for decades and is an “affront to human dignity”, Doctors Without Borders has said.
“The conflict has at times seen horrific levels of violence, including against healthcare facilities,” said Raphael Gorgeu, South Sudan chief for Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) yesterday.
“Patients have been shot in their beds, and lifesaving medical facilities have been burned and effectively destroyed. These attacks have far-reaching consequences for hundreds of thousands of people who are cut off from medical services,” Mr Gorgeu added.
Thousands have been killed in the conflict, while more than 1.5 million have been forced to flee since the war broke out in mid-December. Peace talks have stalled.
“The violence carried out against the wounded and sick, and against those seeking shelter in hospitals and against medical facilities themselves, are not only violations of international laws and humanitarian principles, but an affront to human dignity,” MSF said in a report.
MSF said at least 58 people were killed in the grounds of four hospitals.
“What has been particularly alarming in the current conflict has been the scale and breadth of the violence.” Aid agencies warn of the risk of famine should fighting continue, and cholera is spreading, with more than 50 people dead.