Sunday, 19 December 2010

Another challenge for South Sudan

South Sudan is in the midst of a fraught political build-up to January's referendum. Tensions are high and there are reports of sporadic violence in various areas. It is easy to focus on the political and security situation and forget that the everyday reality in South Sudan isn't all that easy to begin with. Alanna Shaik at UN Dispatches now raises the concern that the area is currently experiencing a severe outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis. Not only is this horrible for the people who live there but the area, as Alanna points out, will shortly be receiving masses of returning refugees in preparation for the vote. Every human emergency/high-risk situation is complex. With so much hope and so much potential for chaos, this is one more facet of risk and emergency one can't help but feel the place just did not need.

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