Tom Catena with children in Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan, Sudan. (Honoring a Hero: Dr. Tom Catena, Facebook)
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The last doctor left in the war-ravaged Nuba mountains Thursday accused the international community of dithering and obfuscating rather than using its muscle to end an aid blockade affecting more than half a million Sudanese.Catena told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that global leaders have the power to end the Sudanese government's block on aid, which has prevented urgently needed food and medical assistance from reaching the Nuba people.Amid conflict between the government and rebel Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, Catena has treated up to 500 patients a day, be it for disease or injuries from explosives.While a five-month cease-fire has held, Sudan's government continues to block humanitarian assistance into the region, which sits on the border with South Sudan and is going hungry after its farmers fled and rains faltered.
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