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At South Sudan Camp, Refugees Battle Snakes, Stench, Cholera Threat

By    |   Monday, 30 Dec 2013 08:57 AM

More than 20,000 people from countries around the world have taken refuge inside a United Nations peacekeeping base in South Sudan near the northern city of Malakal.
 
With South Sudan government and rebel forces fighting nearby, it is too dangerous to venture outside the camp for the refugees, who include residents of France, South Africa, New Zealand, Ethiopia, and the United States.

But conditions inside the sweltering camp are poor and deteriorating rapidly.
 
“The soldiers took all our money,” a 20-year-old refugee from Eritrea told the New York Times. “We have nothing to drink, nothing to eat, nowhere to go to the toilet.”

Food is scarce, and U.N. workers were beginning to run out of supplies.

The worsening conditions created a difficult situation for U.S. citizens Bradley Campbell, 44, his wife Kim, 54, and their two daughters.

While Mr. Campbell, a pastor working with orphans in South Sudan, had the option leaving the country with his family on a U.S. evacuation flight, it was unclear whether they could bring with them the 10 local orphans under their care.

His wife said that if they could not bring the children, ranging in age from six to 17, with them, that they would remain in South Sudan, according to the Times.

“When you hear about it, read about it, it’s always someone else, somewhere else,” Kim Campbell said. “These are real lives and real people.”

U.N. officials have said that thousands of people have died in the violence that enveloped South Sudan in recent weeks, the BBC reported.

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