South Sudan: Gunmen loot MSF Medical warehouse as battle lines are drawn Equatoria region


French medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says has suspended all its activities after its warehouse in Mundri in South Sudanese Eastern Equatoria region was reportedly robbed by armed men.

The aid agency said it had established itself in the area following an assessment of urgent medical needs in Mundri and surrounding areas and was still in negotiations with authorities to start providing health care to the needy civilians.

There are no fingers pointed yet but rebels have accused government forces of similar acts in Mundri before, in which the army has denied.

In October, a rebel official allied to exiled leader Riek Machar accused government troops of ravaging villages in Mundri county and killing civilians including a religious cleric.

The SPLM-IO official said claimed the cleric was killed by a government soldiers, who were allegedly acting on the orders of the Amadi state governor, Joseph Ngere.

He also said government forces have “looted” and “destroyed” several primary health care centers in Bari, Medwu, Bangolo, Koto’bi, and Karika in Mundri East and West counties.

The charity urged all parties to the conflict to respect humanitarian medical care and ensure that MSF can provide urgently needed medical care for the population as battle lines are seemingly getting drawn for the equatoria region.

United Nations spokesman Stéphane Dujarric South Sudan is reportedly ferrying troops to the Equatoria in preparation for a planned offensive against rebels who have a larger control in the region.

“A large number of militia have been moving into the Equatorias in support of a planned Government offensive,” Dujarric said.

A ceasefire signed after 20 months of a brutal war in South Sudan collapsed following fighting between government troops and those allied to rebel leader Machar in July, forcing him to flee.

Machar called his SPLM-IO to return to an armed resistance to the government of president Salva Kiir whom he accused of plotting to eject him and collapsing the peace agreement. He has called for the resuscitation of the peace agreement as a precursor to end the political stalemate.