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14-year-old Tut Deng who had to flee home with his mother after violence broke out in South Sudan to find safe shelter
14-year-old Tut Deng who had to flee home with his mother after violence broke out in South Sudan to find safe shelter. Photo: UNICEF, 2014, Holt

When violence broke in South Sudan in December 2013, 14-year-old Tut Deng had to flee home with his mother to find safe shelter at the Tomping camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP), on the outskirts of Juba.

“I remember when my mother came to wake me up in the morning saying we needed to leave the house because people were fighting and getting murdered. When I walked outside I saw a lot of dead bodies. I couldn’t even see my father because he had already left to fight.

“When I close my eyes at night, all I can see is dead people.”


Tomping camp hosts some 21,000 people, many of them children. Families are vulnerable to disease outbreaks and food is running out, a situation that will only get worse with the onset of the rains coming shortly. UNICEF is working to save and improve the lives of thousands of homeless children in South Sudan by providing clean water, sanitation, vaccines, food and protection to the most vulnerable.

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On 25 March, children displaced by recent fighting stand outside a tented school run by UNICEF, in the town of Mingkaman, where humanitarian assistance is being provided.
On 25 March, children displaced by recent fighting stand outside a tented school run by UNICEF, in the town of Mingkaman, where humanitarian assistance is being provided. Photo: UNICEF, 2014, Holt

 

 

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