Aid to South Sudanese families unsettled by conflict

By Chris Huber
Feb 3, 2014

The heartache may be far from over for hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese forced from their homes during six weeks of conflict. The U.N. reports nearly 750,000 people have been displaced within South Sudan, and more than 123,000 have fled to neighboring countries. At Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya, World Vision is providing thousands of refugees with food and basic household supplies. Aid efforts continue as occasional post-cease-fire skirmishes flare up. Please consider giving to WV's South Sudan relief fund.

©2013 Joseph Mathenge/World Vision
A majority of those who have arrived at northwest Kenya’s Kakuma camp since fighting broke out in South Sudan are children.
©2013 Joseph Mathenge/World Vision
Water is one of the greatest needs and challenges at the camp. World Vision plans to drill a borehole to bring clean water to refugees.
Of the 5,000 South Sudanese children who have arrived at Kakuma since Dec. 15, more than 1,100 were separated from their parents as they fled, according to a report by agencies working in the camp.
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Refugee children line up for breakfast at Kakuma camp in Kenya.
“I walked through the camp, and I just felt this sense of sadness,” says Michael, who had witnessed the initial sense of hope in Malakal during the referendum that led to independence from Sudan in 2011.
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World Vision provides 950 survival kits to families just arriving at Kakuma camp in northwestern Kenya Jan. 29. The kits, which will benefit about 5,000 people, include tents, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen utensils, sanitary towels, mosquito nets, toilet paper, water purification liquid, soap, and other items.
©2013 Lucy Murunga/World Vision
South Sudanese boys who arrived at the camp without family play games as they pass time in their tent. They will stay in the camp’s reception center until aid workers reunite them with family members.
©2013 Lucy Murunga/World Vision
Many children were separated from their parents and relatives in the chaos of fleeing their hometowns. Some say they watched their parents get shot in front of them.
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Duoth, 17, left, shares some thoughts from the Bible in his tent at Kakuma camp. Duoth arrived from South Sudan alone. His father was killed in the fighting, and he worries his mother may have perished, too.
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Mary, 32, and her children share porridge for breakfast Jan. 30 at Kakuma camp. They fled their village near Bentiu, more than 900 miles north on the main highway, in Unity state. She does not want to return to South Sudan for fear of being killed.
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Marita, 8, receives her breakfast portion of porridge at Kakuma camp. She and her family fled their village, near Bentiu, in Unity state, South Sudan, a hot spot in the conflict.
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An elderly South Sudanese woman lies half paralyzed at the reception center in Kakuma, awaiting relocation to a more permanent campsite.
©2013 Lucy Murunga/World Vision
World Vision provides 950 survival kits to families just arriving at Kakuma camp in northwestern Kenya Jan. 29. The kits, which will benefit about 5,000 people, include tents, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen utensils, sanitary towels, mosquito nets, toilet paper, water purification liquid, soap, and other items.
©2013 Joseph Mathenge/World Vision
A South Sudanese family huddles around a pot of food after settling in at Kakuma camp Jan. 30 in northwestern Kenya. They fled fighting in South Sudan.
©2013 Michael Arunga/World Vision
A girl carries a bag of food she received at a distribution at the U.N. base in Malakal, Jan. 30.
©2013 Michael Urunga/World Vision
“The aftereffects of the conflict are pretty clear — doors knocked off, buildings burnt down,” says Michael Arunga, a World Vision communications manager who recently traveled to the hard-hit city of Malakal, in northern South Sudan. Staff members distributed more than 193,000 pounds of food Jan. 27-30 for families holed up at the U.N. base there.
©2013 Michael Arunga/World Vision
A child carries a water jug while displaced residents collect food and household supplies Jan. 30 in Malakal, South Sudan.