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After fleeing comes surviving

Less than three years after their independence the conflict in South Sudan has erupted again in December 2013. This family fled their home to escape from the violent conflict. They stay in a UN House compound and receive vouchers to get charcoal and food.

In total, around 2,5 million people have fled the violence from government forces and rebels. Over 650.000 refugees are located in overcrowded camps in neighbouring countries like Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Kenya and are at risk from hunger and disease outbreaks. Many people want to return home, but fear for their lives.

In the overcrowded camps the sanitary conditions are bad. During the rainy season the outbreak of diseases such as cholera form a serious risk. Children suffer severe acute malnutrition and many people risk hunger and are in need of urgent humanitarian support.

Many women and children but also young men have ended up at ‘UN House’, a refugee camp of the United Nations in Juba, South Sudan. Oxfam gives emergency relief to refugees such as safe drinking water and sanitation but also hygiene education, food, cash and basics like soap.

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