Doctors Without Borders Employees Killed

Doctors Without Borders Employees Killed

Berlin / Juba. A South Sudanese man was killed in violent fighting in the north-east of the country, and two other Doctors Without Borders employees were injured. The aid organization assumes dozens more deaths.

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A doctor holds his stethoscope.

An employee of the organization has been killed in violent fighting in South Sudan, according to “Doctors Without Borders”. As the aid agency said in Berlin on Tuesday, the South Sudanese was killed in a weekend outbreak of violence in the Pieri region in the northeast, where the doctors run local health posts. Two other employees were injured.

The medical organization assumes dozens more deaths in the area. More than 50 people were seriously injured by gunfire, among other things, when attackers surrounded localities, ransacked houses and set them on fire, it said. Because of the violence, “Doctors Without Borders” has said that activities in Pieri have been temporarily suspended for security reasons.

In the country, which has only been independent since 2011 and has around eleven million inhabitants, there are regular fights. Despite the formation of a unified government between President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar, the situation is still unstable after six years of civil war.


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