Amir (left) and Samia lift big cabbages grown by their father, Abdu Ibrahim, 37. Abdu and his family migrated to Ethiopia due to conflict in South Sudan.

A rise in South Sudanese refugees the last week of April took the number in Ethiopia to more than 200,000, according to the U.N.’s office on refugees. New arrivals report walking days in the bush with little water or food and carrying only a few meager belongings. Most refugees are being hosted in two camps set up by the Ethiopian government along the border with assistance from humanitarian groups.

World Vision works in South Sudan to provide emergency food supplies for families; nutrition treatment for malnourished children and pregnant and lactating mothers; clean water, hygiene kits, sanitation facilities, and training on cholera prevention; shelter items, mosquito nets, blankets, and other household goods; Child-Friendly Spaces for healthy play, learning, protection, and activities that help children avoid recruitment into armed groups; and family tracing and reunification for unaccompanied children in the Upper Nile, Unity, and Warrap states.

The organization also assists South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia and Uganda.


Photo©2014 Tessema Getahun/World Vision


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