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Huntsville doctor evacuated from South Sudan conflict area

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Dr. Debora Chan works with a Doctors Without Borders group and was treating Sudanese women at the time of the coup attempt. (Source: Facebook) Dr. Debora Chan works with a Doctors Without Borders group and was treating Sudanese women at the time of the coup attempt. (Source: Facebook)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

One of the Americans caught in the middle of a conflict between the Sudan government and rebel insurgents is from Huntsville.

Over the weekend, a mission to airlift Americans out of the area had to be aborted. Days before that, the compound where a group with Doctors Without Borders treated patients was overrun.

Dr. Debora Chan is a graduate from Huntsville High School. As of last week, she was treating Sudanese women with the organization at a medical compound in South Sudan. Last Thursday, two UN troops and dozens of civilians were killed when it was stormed.

An envoy was able to pull Chan and many others out to safety over the weekend, which was great news for her mother back in Huntsville.

"We felt very worried, but yesterday we received word that she landed safely in Nairobi," said Kathy Chan.

Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced after what the government said was an unsuccessful coup attempt by insurgents.

The US has advised all Americans in South Sudan to leave immediately.

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