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Civilians are leaving Sudan’s South Kordofan state due to a lack of food and supplies and because of the ongoing conflict. South Sudan 2013 © Yann Libessart
A Critical Situation for Sudanese Refugees in Yida
Civilians have been fleeing the conflict between Sudanese government forces and rebels from the North Sudanese People Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) in Sudan’s South Kordofan region since June 2011. The only option for many displaced people is to seek refuge in the camp of Yida, just on the other side of the border in South Sudan. As Yida’s population continues to grow, the camp’s location has become a source of complex political tensions that increasingly threaten the condition of the refugees.

Civilians are leaving Sudan’s South Kordofan state due to a lack of food and supplies and because of the ongoing conflict. South Sudan 2013 © Yann Libessart

A Critical Situation for Sudanese Refugees in Yida

Civilians have been fleeing the conflict between Sudanese government forces and rebels from the North Sudanese People Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) in Sudan’s South Kordofan region since June 2011. The only option for many displaced people is to seek refuge in the camp of Yida, just on the other side of the border in South Sudan. As Yida’s population continues to grow, the camp’s location has become a source of complex political tensions that increasingly threaten the condition of the refugees.

South Sudan: Preparing for the Rainy Season

At the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, where the population has increased five-fold in the past year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is treating growing numbers of patients and preparing for the additional hardships that will come with the approaching rainy season.

MSF Monitors the Situation in Yida Camp, South Sudan

The end of the rainy season and continued conflict have pushed a new wave of people to Yida refugee camp in South Sudan. The high mortality rate in July has stabilized, but levels of malnutrition among displaced children remain high.

Kaderia* doesn’t know how old she is. As she tells me her story I try to guess her age, she looks about fifty but perhaps her difficult life has made her age quicker. As she talks her face betrays a life of difficulty and anguish but also a look of pride and defiance.

‘My village was a very good place, except this war when people came and destroyed everything and chased the old people until we eventually escaped and came to a safe place. The whole village was burned down.’ She says a lot of people in the village died in the attack.

Kaderia explains that nothing like this had happened in their village before this year. ‘I don’t know why these people did this, maybe they wanted to take the land from us’ she explains.

Cormac blogs about meeting Kaderia, a woman still coming to terms with the violence that uprooted her from her home in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains several months ago. Please leave your questions and comments for Cormac in the comments box below his post. 

An Improved Situation in Yida Camp, South Sudan

Watch this video to see how our teams scaled up operations in the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, resulting in a sharp fall in the mortality rate in just one month.