Tombura victims evacuated to Juba for treatment

Tombura victims evacuated to Juba for treatment
An ICRC volunteer takes care of one of three siblings injured by gunshots as they are evacuated by plane (photo credit: Red Cross South Sudan)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it has evacuated about 10 people who were injured in Tombura clashes to Juba for treatment.

The 10 people who are nursing gunshot wounds were injured between August and September.

“So far, we have been able to transfer 10 patients from Tombura to Juba to an Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) supported surgical facility so that they can receive critical medical care that they need,” Tendayi Sengwe the Communication Coordinator for ICRC said.

Speaking to The City Review in a phone interview Thursday, Mr. Sengwe added that they were also providing support by distributing imperative items to about 1,000 families that have been displaced in the Tombura County and parts of Western Bahr El Ghazal State.

“We provide help to anyone who is injured regardless of whether they are civilians or people who are fighting as long as they are no longer participating in the fighting,” he said.

“We support them by carrying out the process of addressing their needs and as long as they can meet the strict criteria that we follow in terms of their medical needs and we support according to the most accent case first,” Sengwe added.

He said the 10 patients flown to Juba from Tombura were suffering from wounds caused by gunshots.

According to the report released by the United Nations on September 14, nearly 80,000 people have been displaced by the protracted fighting in Tombura County since its outbreak in May.

 “We have provided the authorities with 50 body bags to support their efforts for the dignified management of human remains which would allow families to be able to locate where their loved ones when they can locate them and that remains as one of our main concerns,” Sengwe explained.

Pledge for support

Sengwe pledged to continue to monitor the situation closely and how they could provide support to the authorities.

“The main concern right now is not just for the people who might need transfers for critical medical needs but 1,000 families have been displaced and this is where the ICRC comes in to provide support by providing vital items for the people to start rebuilding their lives.”

“One of the steps that we have already started taking is to access how many families have been separated from their loved ones and how we can help to reconnect them with their loved ones,” he stated.

Sengwe reiterated that in most situations of violence children tend to separate from their families, adding that it is important to be able to restore and protect those families.