News / Africa

Wounded South Sudan Soldiers Tax Jonglei Hospital

Jonglei, South Sudan, where government troops are fighting to end a rebellion by David Yau Yau.Jonglei, South Sudan, where government troops are fighting to end a rebellion by David Yau Yau.
x
Jonglei, South Sudan, where government troops are fighting to end a rebellion by David Yau Yau.
Jonglei, South Sudan, where government troops are fighting to end a rebellion by David Yau Yau.
Manyang David Mayar
A hospital in the capital of Jonglei state is running out of vital medicines and beds as it is flooded with government soldiers who have been wounded in fierce battles with David Yau Yau's rebel group.

“We are almost running out antibiotics that we use to inject patients with to fend off any incident of infection," said Dr. Bior Kuer Bior, the director of the hospital in Bor.

"The hospital is also running out of space. We have a building that we can convert into wards but we don’t have beds and mattresses and bedsheets." 
South Sudan vowed in February to defeat Yau Yau's rebellion before the end of the dry season, which is usually around May.

The South Sudanese Army, the SPLA, fought a pitched battle several days ago with Yau Yau’s rebels in Okello, an area east of Pibor town. Officials said 143 rebels and 20 soldiers were killed in the fighting.

More than 50 SPLA soldiers wounded in the battle were sent to Bor State Hospital for medical attention. Many of them had bullet wounds to the neck, legs and arms, according to Kuer.

Kuer says the National Ministry of Health in Juba supplies the hospital with drugs once every three months.

“We just received ours last month," Kuer said.

"Normally that drug consignment would last for at least three months if we are only treating our regular civilian patients. But now that we have this medical emergency on our hand, it is possible that we may not reach the three months' mark when we normally get our drugs," Kuer said.

In addition to lacking antibiotics and beds, the hospital has no program in place to feed the patients. The state government, youth groups and women’s associations have stepped in to provide meals for the injured soldiers.

The battle in Okello was part of a push by the SPLA to end  the rebellion launched by Yau Yau last year to overthrow the Juba government.

The rebel group is thought to have been behind the deadliest cattle raid in years in South Sudan, in which 103 civilians, mainly women and children, and 15 SPLA soldiers were killed in early February.

You May Like

Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?

Dynamic and debonair opposition leader had supported liberal economic reforms, criticized Russian president's aggression in Ukraine More

Oil Smuggling Highlights Challenges in Shutting Down IS Finances

Pentagon spokesman says Islamic State 'certainly continues to get revenue from the oil industry black market' but that airstrikes have made a dent More

India Focuses on Infrastructure, Investment to Propel Economy

Government expects economy to grow at 8 to 8.5 percent in next fiscal year More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More