AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - The civil war continues to penalize the population: now the aim is survival

Tuesday, 3 November 2015 cuamm  


Lui (Agenzia Fides) - "Civil war resumes in South Sudan and is undermining the troubled path towards the development of the Country". This is the testimony of Don Dante Carraro, Director of Doctors with Africa Cuamm (CUAMM) in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides. CUAMM has been present in Lui, Western Equatoria, since 2009 with only one hospital in the area, a school for midwives with 20 students, local staff and a team of 13 professionals. Following the repeated attacks, the constant shooting and the criticality of the area, which is completely deserted, the only hospital in the area had been kept open for necessary treatment.
"Now the situation is very tense and confusing - adds Don Dante - but at least there is no more shooting. The locals are terrified and afraid. Some were killed, some houses or offices were burned and plundered: all are hungry! Families abandon huts, villages, what little they have and run away. They camp in neighboring cities where the situation seems to be calmer. In the area surrounding the hospital there are about 20-30 thousand displaced persons who need everything. We continue our work in the hospital: assist mothers to give birth and children who become ill with malaria and diarrhea, in addition to treating those wounded by gunshot. We then assist many desperate people and the many families who are fleeing and need everything: water, food, blankets because of the cold night and basic health care. The goal now is survival. One must not lose hope for a better future, despite everything", concludes the director of Cuamm. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 03/11/2015)