UN hospital is overwhelmed by displaced people in South Sudan

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UNMISS Level II Clinic in Juba

Displaced people in South Sudan are receiving medical assistance at an overwhelmed hospital run by the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS).

That's according to the head of UNMISS, Hilde Johnson during her latest press briefing as inter-communal violence continued in the new nation.

She told reporters that on Thursday she visited some of the internally displaced persons who  sought refuge at an UNMISS base in the capital Juba.

She said she met two women who had just given birth to babies: a girl and a boy.

"While one had a father, the other father's whereabouts were unknown. They lost each other while fleeing from the bullets.At our overwhelmed hospital, people were treated for many things, including a number of them for gunshot wounds. A trader selling fish was caught in the crossfire in Bor and was happy he had survived. This also happened to another, who had suffered several gunshot wounds, and had seen his shop totally looted by armed groups." (29")

Ms Johnson said what has happened last week has brought back nightmares of the past for many South Sudanese.

She warned that the "nationhood painstakingly built over decades of conflict and strife is at stake."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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