MSF: West Darfur capital ‘one of the worst places on earth’

A patient receives treatment in Sudan (File Photo: MSF)


Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières – MSF) says at least 500 people have been killed in West Darfur since the outbreak of the war between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on April 15.

“It has become one of the worst places on earth,” the doctors said and explained that a number of wounded are still trapped in the capital El Geneina, and are unable to leave it or access life-saving treatment.

“This is the harsh reality of the people who have been stranded there for weeks… Although we are able to continue to provide services at Kereinik Hospital, its supplies, which are usually brought from El Geneina, are running out because of the fighting.”

The organisation said on its website that logistical supervisor Moussa Ibrahim crossed from El Geneina to Adré in Chad a few days ago to oversee activities with MSF teams and assess possible logistical support for West Darfur.


MSF further announced the arrival of an additional 61.4 tonnes of vital medicines, medical materials, and surgical kits in Port Sudan. The medical aid organisation said the supplies were intended to support its surgical activities in Khartoum and other medical activities to support displaced people in El Gezira and White Nile state and refugees and host communities in El Gedaref in eastern Sudan.

“The needs of people in Khartoum and across Sudan are greater, so we must be able to safely transport supplies where they are most needed so that people can access health care.” MSF said that these additional supplies will not only replenish their stock, but will also support their emergency activities.