War Breaks Out: Interpreting Violence on Healthcare in the Early Stage of the South Sudanese Civil War

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Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Xavier Crombé, Joanna Kuper
Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Volume 1, No. 2 (2019)

This article seeks to document and analyse violence affecting the provision of healthcare by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and its intended beneficiaries in the early stage of the current civil war in South Sudan. Most NGO accounts and quantitative studies of violent attacks on healthcare tend to limit interpretation of their prime motives to the violation of international norms and deprivation of access to health services. Instead, we provide a detailed narrative, which contextualises violent incidents affecting healthcare, with regard for the dynamics of conflict in South Sudan as well as MSF’s operational decisions, and which combines and contrasts institutional and academic sources with direct testimonies from local MSF personnel and other residents.