Photo by @noralorek for @natgeo. “My husband was a soldier but because he’s Nuer (same tribe as the rebel leader) they suspected him to be a rebel and were chasing him to the bush. There he was killed by his colleagues the soldiers. So that’s when I left with my two children and being pregnant. We were hiding in the bush and moving slowly until we made it to Busia border in Uganda. It took us a week to get there. Now we’re living among former neighbors from our village and I’m using a small piece of land to cultivate on. It hurts to know I left my first child at home in South Sudan. My son was with my parents in my hometown when we had to leave and It’s too expensive to get a transport there. I can’t go and see him or get him here. He’s six years old and his name is Masein Touch. I’m wondering how he’s doing while I’m here enjoying the peace”, Angelina Nyanuba, 25 years old and in this picture with her daughter Mary Nyakir, 3 and son Omar Basir who’s only two months old and was born here in Bidibidi refugee settlement.
In August the one millionth refugee from South Sudan entered Uganda in escape of the war.
With most of the refugees being women and children and leaving during shootings at night their bedsheets called Milaya are often one of the few things they carry with them. The handmade patterns have been made in South Sudan and Sudan for generations and the tradition of the Milayas continues in what has become their temporary home while waiting for the war to end. Bidibidi is with its more than 270 000 people considered one of the worlds largest refugee settlements.
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Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Northern Uganda