A South Sudanese refugee child rests at an arrival center in northern Uganda. © UNHCR/David Azia
Nine-month-old refugee Isaac Kiri waits with his mother on their way to a settlement in Uganda. © UNHCR/David Azia
Exhausted South Sudanese refugees rest on mattresses at the Imvepi Reception Centre in Uganda. © UNHCR/David Azia
South Sudanese refugee Kiden Sam, 28, holds her son in Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda. © UNHCR/David Azia
One-month-old South Sudanese refugee Nalicia Faith sleeps on a mat in Bidibidi refugee settlement, Uganda. Her mother was forced to flee just one week after giving birth and named her newborn Nalicia, which means ‘beautiful creature.’ © UNHCR/David Azia
A refugee child receives a box of relief items from the UN Refugee Agency after fleeing South Sudan. © UNHCR/David Azia
Famine and violence are devastating the people of South Sudan, which has become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis and the largest in Africa. More than 1.5 million South Sudanese have fled to neighboring countries in the region. The vast majority are women and children.
Arrival centers in northern Uganda set up to assist those fleeing are stretched to the breaking point. Those who make it arrive weak and malnourished. While the UN Refugee Agency is on the ground providing assistance, the response is underfunded and displacement is expected to rise.
Mar 23 2017