Thousands of refugees from South Sudan arrive at the Imvepi reception center in Arua district, Uganda. Children, women and men are feeling the country with their belongings, livestock and sometimes with nothing. According to UNHCR, on an average 2,200 refugees are crossing into Uganda every single day.
In partnership with the World Food Program (WFP), World Vision provides hot meals to the recently arrived refugees at the Imvepi reception center in Arua district, Uganda.
A brutal civil war that began in December 2013 has driven 1.7 million South Sudanese to flee their country. A brutal civil war that began in December 2013 has driven 1.7 million South Sudanese to flee their country.Across the border in Uganda, there will soon be 900,000 of them. Eighty-six percent of refugees are women and children, many of them desperately hungry, malnourished, and anemic.
The famine and hunger crisis in South Sudan is not about drought, says World Vision’s Chris Hoffman. It’s caused by conflict. And because of the conflict, World Vision and other aid groups cannot reach people in some of the worst-affected parts of South Sudan.
World Vision hands out high-energy biscuits and bottled water — enough to tide refugees over for a day — at a Uganda reception center. When they move on to a refugee camp, World Vision is there to serve a hot meal and to provide food aid furnished by the World Food Program.
Other World Vision services for South Sudanese refugees: Child-Friendly Spaces, education, water and sanitation, and household goods.
Photo©2017 World Vision, Theodore Sam