South Kordofan Refugees Look Back in Worry

May 1, 2012

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LOLOGO, South Sudan, April 30 (UNHCR) – If years of war taught Helen Akompeo one thing, it’s to run at the first sign of trouble.

As a teenager, she survived Sudan’s 22-year civil conflict by fleeing with her family into the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan province. So when Antonov planes droned overhead and armed soldiers entered her village in June last year, her instincts kicked in.

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Helen Akompeo (right) with fellow Sudanese refugees in their makeshift home in Lologo settlement, Juba, South Sudan.© UNHCR/V.Tan.