Cholera outbreak threatens Sudanese refugees

Sudanese refugees carry water provided by Oxfam

Sudanese refugees carry water provided by Oxfam

A cholera outbreak in Juba, South Sudan is threatening 15,000 refugees, as the government struggles to provide drinking water to the parched region.

Oxfam reported one year ago that the water treatment plants and ground water supplies were unable to keep up with the increasing refugee population. For the last twelve months, the government has trucked water into the capital.

Last week 6,000 more refugees arrived, swelling the number of Sudanese refugees to 1.6 million.

Cholera is a water borne disease that rapidly kills people through vomiting and diarrheah.

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