August 27, 2005: Lives dangle by a thread in Darfur, Sudan - MSF presentation to the United Nations Security Council 'Arria Formula' on conditions in Darfur, Sudan.
MSF: Geneva - The international humanitarian aid organization Médecins sans Frontiès;res (MSF) continues to treat victims of violence in all locations where the organisation is present in Darfur.
"Our teams are still witnessing repeated violence against the population," says Rowan Gillies, International Council President of MSF. "We are deeply concerned about this and its consequences for our patients and their families."
In the last three weeks, 52 victims had to be treated by MSF teams for violence related injuries.
On July 24, the MSF team in Shangil Tobaya, in north Darfur, witnessed an attack on the internally displaced people's (IDP) camp, located directly next to the MSF clinic. Grenades were used, several shelters in the camp were burnt and hundreds of IDP's were forced once again to run for their lives. The MSF team provided medical assistance to 14 people, all of them were civilians with bullet and shrapnel wounds. Four of the injured were children.
On July 16, 23 people had to be admitted at the MSF hospital in Mornei, in west Darfur. All were injured when violence broke out during a food distribution in the IDP camp. Nine of them were injured by bullets; two of them died at the hospital and six of them had to be referred to the El Geneina hospital, where one remains in a critical condition.
Also in Mornei, on July 11, MSF medical team treated 15 women at its clinic who had been raped and beaten. In all cases, medical personnel found clinical evidence of rape and beatings. All received emergency treatment to prevent serious medical complications that can be the consequence of rape.
Just one month earlier, on June 9, the MSF medical team in Korma, in north Darfur, examined and treated 15 women who had been attacked the day before. Five had been raped, one was 15 years of age and another one was three months pregnant. All had been beaten and humiliated.
From January to May 2005, MSF teams treated over 500 persons for violence-related injuries and 278 women for rape. MSF has been working in Darfur since December 2003. With 180 international and 3,000 Sudanese staff operating in 32 locations across the region, Darfur continues to be one of MSF's largest operations worldwide.
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