News ID: 231829
Published: 1206 GMT September 26, 2018

S. Sudan doctor wins UN refugee prize

S. Sudan doctor wins UN refugee prize
HANNAH MCNEISH/AFP

A South Sudanese doctor who runs an overcrowded hospital with a dimly-lit surgical theatre and no regular supply of general anesthesia on Tuesday won the UN refugee agency's prestigious Nansen award.

Evan Atar Adaha's Maban hospital in the South Sudanese town of Bunj serves more than 144,000 refugees from Blue Nile state in neighboring Sudan, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said, AFP reported.

The hospital's X-ray machine is broken, but Atar and his team perform nearly 60 surgeries per week in a room with just one light, with staff using ‘ketamine injections and spinal epidurals’ instead of general anesthesia, the agency said.

UNHCR Chief Filippo Grandi said Atar's ‘profound humanity and selflessness’ had saved thousands of lives.

Atar had previously run a hospital in Blue Nile but was forced to relocate when a conflict erupted there in 2011 between the Khartoum government and rebel fighters.

Khartoum unilaterally announced a ceasefire in the area in March.

The Nansen prize, awarded annually, is named for Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who served as the first high commissioner for refugees during the failed League of Nations.

Last year's winner was Nigerian Zannah Mustapha, who helped negotiate the release of some of the girls kidnapped by Takfiri Boko Haram terrorists from their school in Chibok in 2014.

 

   
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