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UN rejects aid agency criticism of South Sudan mission

The United Nations on Wednesday hit back at criticism of its mission in South Sudan after a leading international aid agency accused it of "shocking indifference" towards thousands of displaced people living in squalor. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) launched a stinging attack on UN officials in the country, accusing them of leaving terrified civilians in a section of camp acknowledged as a "death trap" because of its potential exposure to diseases.

Aid bureaucracy, suspicion threaten to deepen South Sudan crisis: MSF

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The humanitarian crisis created by South Sudan's civil war may well worsen this year because of the slow international response and suspicions among warring parties of U.N. relief efforts, the head of aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday. More than 1 million people have been displaced since December 15, according to the United Nations, including 800,000 uprooted within South Sudan and 254,000 who have taken refuge in neighboring states.

Migrants detained in Greece face 'devastating' conditions

Migrants detained in Greece face inhuman conditions that are having "devastating" consequences on their health, Medecins sans Frontieres warned on Tuesday, demanding that the Greek government and EU stop turning a blind eye to the situation. Overcrowding, poor ventilation, and a lack of heating and natural light are among the factors severely impacting the health and dignity of migrants and asylum seekers locked up in Greece, the aid agency said as it launched a new report entitled "Invisible Suffering" in Athens.

18 killed in C.African capital since Saturday: Red Cross

At least 18 people have been killed in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui since Saturday as a result of clashes involving armed groups and foreign peacekeepers, medical staff and residents said Tuesday. "At least 15 bodies have been picked up by Red Cross volunteers at the scene of the fighting," on the outskirts of the commercial PK-5 district, a Central African Red Cross official told AFP, asking not to be named.

Myanmar orders MSF to 'cease all activities' in the country

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday said the Myanmar government had ordered it to suspend all its activities in the country, halting vital healthcare to thousands of people. MSF, which provides primary healthcare in strife-torn western Rakhine state as well as HIV and tuberculosis treatments across the country, said the move would have a "devastating effect" on its patients.

Myanmar orders MSF to 'cease all activities' in the country

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday said the Myanmar government had ordered it to suspend all its activities in the country, halting vital healthcare to thousands of people. "MSF is deeply shocked by this unilateral decision and extremely concerned about the fate of tens of thousands of patients currently under our care across the country," the group said in a statement, adding the move would have a "devastating impact" on its 30,000 HIV/AIDS patients and more than 3,000 tuberculosis patients. klm/erf/mfp

Myanmar orders MSF to 'cease all activities' in the country

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday said the Myanmar government had ordered it to suspend all its activities in the country, halting vital healthcare to thousands of people. "MSF is deeply shocked by this unilateral decision and extremely concerned about the fate of tens of thousands of patients currently under our care across the country," the group said in a statement, adding the move would have a "devastating impact" on its 30,000 HIV/AIDS patients and more than 3,000 tuberculosis patients. klm/erf/mfp

S.Sudan fighters destroy hospitals, murder patients

Warring fighters in South Sudan have looted hospitals and murdered patients in their beds, cutting life-saving healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday. Warning of an "alarming pattern of lootings and attacks on patients" and health facilities, Doctors without Borders (MSF, Medecins sans Frontieres) said their crucial work was being strangled by a "climate of utter disrespect and fear."

South Sudan violence targeting healthcare

Warring fighters in South Sudan have looted hospitals and murdered patients in their beds, cutting life-saving healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday. Warning of an "alarming pattern of lootings and attacks on patients" and health facilities, Doctors without Borders (MSF, Medecins sans Frontieres) said their crucial work was being strangled by a "climate of utter disrespect and fear."

Unicef blasts South Sudan over looted school backpacks

Unicef said Monday it was "extremely concerned" over the looting by South Sudan government troops of school supplies and backpacks that were supposed to be destined for children. The complaint came after large numbers of heavily-armed South Sudanese government soldiers, who are battling a seven-week-old rebellion, were photographed kitted out with bright-blue Unicef 'back to school' bags on their shoulders. "We are of course extremely concerned to see this flagrant abuse of UNICEF education materials by combatants," Unicef spokeswoman Sarah Crowe told AFP.
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