MSF internal review of the February 2016 attack on the Malakal Protection of Civilians

June 2016

Violence erupted between internally displaced persons (IDPs) of different ethnic groups in a Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan, on 17 February 2016 and continued until the next afternoon. There are strong indications that external military forces were also involved in the fighting. The violence and ensuing fire caused the destruction of large swathes of the camp (35 per cent of shelters were destroyed) and left between 25 and 65 people dead (including 2 MSF staff), 108 injured and over 29,000 IDPs displaced once again. This report constitutes the findings of an internal review conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) into those events. The review aimed to provide lessons learned from MSF’s medical emergency response, as well as to help better understand the circumstances around the events and the role of the different actors.

To read the full report, please click here.