South Sudan: Coping with conflict

18-02-2014 Feature

There will be no swift recovery in South Sudan from the weeks of heavy fighting that erupted between rival groups on 15 December, leaving many dead and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes.

The head of operations for East Africa, Eric Marclay, explained how the ICRC is flying medical teams around the country to cope with the wounded in a situation that remains tense and unpredictable, despite a cessation of hostilities agreed on 23 January. And while meeting the emergency food and shelter needs of thousands, the ICRC must also ensure people survive through the difficult rainy season, he said.