Escaping war in the world´s youngest nation (ongoing)

South Sudan is today one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Today, more than 2 million people are displaced and 1,5 million have escaped to neighbouring countries. The United Nations has warned of potential genocide and ethnic cleansing and there is no prospect of peace in sight.

The settlements in Northern Uganda are home to more than 800 000 South Sudanese people, as per April 2017 UNHCR statistics. An estimated 86 percent of them are women and children.

I have visited South Sudan and the refugee camps in Northern Uganda several times to talk to women and children who are escaping the conflicts in the young nation. The stories they share are heartbreaking. The refugees tell of brutal killings, rape, rebels burning down houses, and military stealing peoples’ money. Recruitment and use of children is very common, as well as looting and destruction of civilian and humanitarian assets.

There is no peace in sight in the world´s youngest nation, which was engulfed by civil war in 2013. While the western media seem to have forgotten about this brutal conflict, it is important to remember and share the stories of the people who have been forced to leave their homes.

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