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South Sudan: meet Regina

Regina is just one of thousands of people who have fled the violent conflict in South Sudan. But, leaving her home was just the start. Here is her story.

 

Regina is just one of thousands of people who have fled the violent conflict in South Sudan. But, leaving her home was just the start. Here is her story.

Fighting

Regina was at home with her grandmother and two children, when the fighting started. When she heard the gunshots getting nearer, she realised their only choice was to try and reach the nearest UN [LINK] base.

Journey

Tying her youngest child to her back, she set off. Her oldest child was paralysed from a young age and, as a result, it was too difficult to make the journey with him. So, she left him with her grandmother.

Camp

When she arrived at the UN base, Regina and five neighbours found shelter underneath a tarp on a concrete footpath. The site was used for vehicles and UN supplies, but now it is home to around 14,000 people who have fled the fighting in Juba.

Safety

After a few days, she was able to return home to her grandmother and son, who she was glad to find alive. Regina is now planning is to bring them to safety at the UN base, but life there will be hard for her paralysed son:  


We don’t have mats to sleep on. No utensils for cooking. We have water, but no buckets to carry it.

Challenges

Regina’s husband died in the fighting, so her challenge is not only to bring her family to the UN base safely, but also to figure out how to provide for them.

I am now looking for help so I can serve my children and eventually leave here. I need to care for my children. What do I do?”

Our response

We are working to distribute food and water to families in the camp where Regina was. We’re also screening for and treating malnutrition.

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