Conflict in Nuba mountains may lead to devastating epidemics, say doctors


UN aid agencies are under attack from doctors working with refugees who have been displaced by fighting in Sudan, with claims that they are not doing enough to get medical supplies through to children in desperate need.

Common vaccines against childhood diseases are part of Unicef's programme to protect the most vulnerable, but supplies dried up nearly a year ago in areas of conflict around the Nuba mountains, according to research by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Now there are fears that outbreaks of infectious diseases, including measles, could prove devastating to people sheltering from the violence, especially young children.

More than a million people have fled to the Nuba mountains after a rise in violence along the border of the newly created South Sudan. Local militias are fighting over water, cattle and land, while there are bigger political conflicts between Khartoum and Juba yet to be resolved.

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Cross-posted from The Observer/The Guardian.