From the field - A complex crisis in South Sudan

A complex crisis in South Sudan - © ICRC/Getty Images/Tom Stoddart

A complex crisis in South Sudan - © ICRC/Getty Images/Tom Stoddart

Sudan and South Sudan clashed repeatedly in recent weeks and are restarting talks today with the aim of ending hostilities.

The clashes have had grave humanitarian consequences for tens of thousands. Soldiers have been captured and detained. Civilians have been killed and displaced.

Melker Mabeck, head of the ICRC in South Sudan, estimates that there are over today 150,000 Sudanese refugees in South Sudan. 

Working in South Sudan is a major logistical challenge: poor infrastructure means that many areas are difficult or impossible to access. To make matters worse, the upcoming rainy season will negatively affect our ability to reach the victims of the conflict. Be as it may, our colleagues in Juba will increase their presence and activities in South Sudan until the end of the year and into 2013.\