Fierce fighting in South Sudan’s northern Unity State have caused tens of thousands of people to flee for their lives according to reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other NGO groups on Saturday.

A late 2013 political crisis in South Sudan sparked fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy Riek Machar. The conflict reopened ethnic divisions that pit Kiir’s Dinka people against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces.

The result has been genocide, with entire villages massacred and survivors left starving and without water.

Philip Aguer, a government military spokesman, confirmed the fighting in Unity State.

Doctors without Borders shut down a hospital in the town of Leer after reports of an imminent attack with staff members fleeing on foot, carrying critically ill patients on their backs. They hid on the banks of swamps and survived by drinking swamp water, the group said in a statement.

“Today, we withdraw again with a heavy heart, because we know how civilians will suffer when they are cut off from critical, lifesaving medical care,” said Paul Critchley, who heads the mission.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has also been forced to withdraw from Leer and that it feared for the wellbeing of tens of thousands of people who have fled the area.

“These communities face a fight for survival, hiding in the bush in unimaginably harsh conditions,” said Franz Rauchenstein, the head of the ICRC’s delegation in South Sudan.

The fighting will also prevent farming communities from planting much-needed crops during the imminent rainy season, leading to famine later in the year. Food shortages are a key contributor to the genocide, as displaced people who survive attacks often die later due to malnutrition.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the best deals on our WordPress themes.

You May Also Like

Saudi Arabia Executes 100th Prisoner Of The Year, On Pace For Record Human Rights Abuses

Saudi Arabia is setting new records for the wrong reasons, as it…

ISIS Declares War On Palestine, Kills Top Hamas Commander

The Islamic State (ISIS) seems to want war with everyone, everywhere as…

Dangerous Underwater Tornadoes Are Swirling Around South China Sea Islands

Chinese scientists have found a series of underwater tornadoes near the Paracel…

The effects of sexual assault

Recently with all the news about Bill Cosby and R. Kelly there…