Big Sister


In 11 years of life, Nyahok’s been displaced several times due to violence.

Nyahok is from Unity state, South Sudan, among the areas worst hit by conflict. More than a half a million people in Unity state have fled their homes. She originally lived in a village just outside the state capital of Bentiu, which was razed two years ago in the conflict. 

As violence continues to shift to different areas, Nyahok and many others have to flee. 

For now she lives in a protected camp with her aunt and cousins — about 20 people living in a two-room shack built with wooden poles and a tarpaulin from an aid distribution. She looks after the three youngest children in the family when she isn’t at school or doing other chores. Food is hard to come by, as aid organizations are stretched beyond their abilities to help people in need. 

“We are suffering because we don’t have enough food,” Nyahok says, but this is not the worst thing. “There are always people dying.”

Nyahok desperately needs an education and peace. She is among the blessed in that she is able to attend school within the camp, but she says, “I always pray for peace.”

In South Sudan and other places around the world, children and families face great oppression.

Please pray for them with the words of Psalm 9:9: “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Photo©2015 Melany Markham/World Vision


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