Yirol lies in South Sudan’s Eastern Lakes State, roughly 100-kilometres east of the larger town of Rumbek and west of Mingkaman, the country’s largest spontaneous settlement of internally displaced persons, on the banks of the White Nile. Many people in this area fled fighting in nearby Jonglei State.
Some patients travel hundreds of kilometres from these places to visit the hospital’s maternity and paediatric wards, which were rehabilitated in 2013 and 2014.
They stay, sometimes for days, within the hospital grounds under paved pathways. These shaded paths provide shelter from the burning sunlight and a measure of privacy.