Sick patients in South Sudan have been shot to death in their beds and medical facilities have been looted and burned to the ground, a dangerous level of disrespect for the country’s strained health care system that is forcing the aid group Doctors Without Borders to examine its operations there.
Members of the aid group, which is known by its French initials MSF, said Wednesday that extreme violence shown by warring sides in the young country’s ongoing civil strife has made the group’s work almost impossible.
Over the weekend, MSF discovered at least 14 dead bodies in a hospital in the contested city of Malakal. Several of the dead had been shot while lying in their beds, the group said. Rebels have been fighting government forces for control of the city, the capital of an oil-producing state.