S.Sudan refugee children face illness, death

Children dying from preventable diseases is a daily occurrence in the congested UN camp.

FILE: Young girls carry luggage in a United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) IDP camp on June 20, 2014 in Juba. 20 June marks the World refugee day, according to statistics over 1.3 million people have been displaced from their homes due to the current conflict. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) say at least three children a day have died in the United Nations refugee base in Bentiu, South Sudan.

The group says this is due to preventable diseases.

MSF has warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in the camp where the population has swollen from 10,000 to 45,000 in just two months.

The camp has also become inaccessible to relief aid groups as roads leading into the area are flooded and obstructed by ongoing hostilities.

Spokesperson Jens Pedersen says it's unacceptable that children are dying every day from preventable diseases.

"Malaria, pneumonia but also watery diarrhoea because of the poor sanitation, the poor infrastructure and supply challenges. We are also seeing increased rates of malnutrition."