SSudan Emergency Room Helps Compatriots Caught Up in Sudan Fighting [4:59]
A group of South Sudanese living in Khartoum set up the “South Sudan Emergency Room” to share information about the ongoing conflict and help their compatriots who are stuck in their homes or trying to move around for safety. Through the WhatsApp messaging application and social media, the volunteers also share information to help South Sudanese who are trying to leave the country and make it across the South Sudanese border. Local authorities in Renk County of South Sudan’s Upper Nile State confirmed the arrival of thousands of people fleeing the fighting in Khartoum including South Sudanese, Sudanese, Eritrean, Kenyan, Ugandan and Somali nationals. Khartoum-based South Sudanese journalist Bathumy Ayul Dak, one of the volunteers who came up with the emergency room initiative, tells VOA's Nabeel Biajo that with the South Sudan embassy unable to provide emergency services to its nationals in Khartoum, he and his associates have stepped in to help families where they can.