World Refugee Day: Refugees in Maban county, South Sudan

For the thousands of refugees in South Sudan’s Maban county, life remains a daily struggle as the rainy season sets in and the likelihood of returning home remains a distant dream. The living conditions in Kaya, Batil and Gendrassa camps, while improved since the initial crisis over a year and a half ago, continue to be of concern in particular due to the potential implications it has on people's health.

Many of the tents currently used by refugees are damaged, and will not provide adequate protection against the rains. This will increase people’s vulnerability to respiratory tract infections and other diseases. Many of the refugees Médecins Sans Frontières has spoken to want to go home, yet are unable to do so as they report on-going insecurity in their villages.