ENDURING BENTIU
South Sudan

Enduring Bentiu

When it first began, the conflict in South Sudan quickly spread along ethnic lines. By early 2018 with no end to war in sight, as many as 2.4 million people had decided to leave the country entirely, making South Sudan the largest refugee crisis in all of Africa, and the third largest worldwide behind only Syria and Afghanistan.

In addition to those who fled to neighbouring counties, another two million have been internally displaced within the country. Over 200,000 live in one of six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites established by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. 

Surrounded by trenches and large mounds of earth topped with barbed wire fences and UN watchtowers, the Bentiu PoC appears from above as an incongruent square box framed by a sea of nature that toggles between hues of vibrant green in the rainy season and dusty brown in the dry season.

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With the South Sudan civil war now in its fourth year, thousands of people who fled from ethnic violence continue to seek shelter at one of six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites established by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. The largest of these is Bentiu, which serves as a place of refuge for nearly 115,000 people, in poor living conditions. It is within this context that MSF provides the only secondary healthcare and surgical services available both within the PoC and surrounding areas. Watch this to see how people must endure the situation in Bentiu PoC.
Jason Rizzo/MSF

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