Monday 19 February 2018

Video: Trocaire-supported hospital in Sudan targeted by aerial bombardment

THE aid agency Trocaire has condemned the bombing by the Sudanese military of a hospital it supports in the Nuba Mountains region which borders South Sudan.

The Mother of Mercy hospital, which provides life-saving care to 150,000 people caught in the crossfire in a conflict between the government of Sudan and the SPLM-N rebel group, has come under sustained aerial attack over recent days.

It has seen significant damage caused to the building and injuries sustained by staff and patients.

It was hit by five bombs dropped from the air on Thursday and again on Friday. The hospital is still functioning despite these attacks, with an estimated 1,000 people in the facility.

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Maurice McQuillan, Head of Humanitarian Programming at Trócaire, which supports the hospital through donations from the Irish public, said:

“This hospital has been a lifeline for people in the Nuba Mountains since conflict erupted in June 2011. It is the only hospital in the region and 150,000 people rely on it. The staff have shown incredible courage and bravery in the name of saving lives. It is completely unacceptable that a medical facility would be deliberately targeted in aerial bombings. People in Ireland have supported this hospital. We call on the Irish government to use whatever means it can to express its abject horror at the deliberate targeting of a hospital by the Sudanese army.”

Trocaire-supported hospital in Sudan targeted by aerial bombardment (Generated thumbnail)
Trocaire-supported hospital in Sudan targeted by aerial bombardment (Generated thumbnail)
Trocaire-supported hospital in Sudan targeted by aerial bombardment (Generated thumbnail)

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