South Sudan: UNHCR tackles a health crisis

August 29, 2012

Source: UNHCR

A Sudanese refugee mother treats her severely malnourished child, who is also suffering from diarrhoea, in the stabilization center of Bunj Hospital, Maban County, South Sudan this month. (Photo: B. Sokol/ UNHCR)

Haram Yakub, 25, sits on a hospital bed holding her infant daughter to her breast. After more than a week of being unable to keep anything down due to diarrhoea, 11-month-old Nancy begins to feed.

Watching Nancy rally in South Sudan’s Yusif Batil camp is a relief. But Yakub’s trauma remains. It is a fear so powerful that she can only remember little things; that she was once a farmer in her hometown of Jam in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. She remembers that Nancy has been receiving treatment for eight days in the hospital’s stabilization centre.

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