Meet Lina, 13, who is raising her four younger siblings in Pariang, South Sudan.
Lina carries three-year-old Dongwei in Pariang, South Sudan. “Do I play? No, I do not have time.”
Up to three times a day, Lina walks 25 minutes to the nearest water point to refill her jerrycan.
Photo Credit: ©UNHCR / C. Fohlen
The civil war has forced more than 2 million people from their homes –330,000 of those are children. 1.4 million South Sudanese remain displaced within the country and hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. On top of that South Sudan refugees now face life-threatening food shortages.
Amid the ongoing fighting and insecurity, UNHCR is doing everything they can to assist South Sudan and those who have been forced to leave their homes by providing emergency relief, shelter, medical supplies,health clinics, and protection.
UNHCR is also leading efforts to help protect the especially vulnerable, including women and children.