Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Northern Uganda

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“I had six children. One was recently killed by rebels. Four of them are in South Sudan and my daughter Anna is the only one who’s here with me and my husband. She just broke her legs and is in hospital.”
Dobora Doing is 80 years old and now taking care of 15 children. Some are her grandchildren and the others of her brothers who died.
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“I was here during the war in the 90’s. Back then red cross was there to help us and it was ok.”
“Since the community doesn’t want us (Dinkas) here it’s difficult to raise the children. The kids don’t understand what’s wrong when they want to play with the neighbors’ toys but are bullied. We even have to pray at a separate church. At least I have my husband here with me. I was 15 years old when we got married and we always got along.”
“I have never been sewing Milayas but my daughter in law made me some. We were cattle keepers so we had to take care of the animals instead of learning how to sew.”
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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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On assignment for @natgeo July/August 2017.

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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.
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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.
For more pictures from 'The Milaya Studios' follow @noralorek

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Photo by @noralorek for @natgeo. Esther Minella was working in the ministry of agriculture in South Sudan before the war broke out. One day the soldiers came to her home and tortured her in front of her kids. They were asking for her husband which they claimed was a rebel. After they had arrested him she went to prison every day to look for him but they said he wasn’t there. The third day they told Esther that they would kill her like they killed him if she ever came back.
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Now Esther is the women representative in the council of block 4 in Bidibidi refugee settlement zone 1.
“As a women representative my roll is to lead the women and also lift up the issues we’re having here and in South Sudan. We started a group of women here called Ama a Lo meaning ”We are one”. In South Sudan every child, even our husbands know how to make our bedsheets so we started to sell them here too. Now we have a budget but need more help to start business and things like catering training for our members. We also need a school for adults to teach them English. Most of us are widows, that’s how we came up with the idea that we need to work together. Women need to be trained to become independent and self sufficient.”
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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.
For more pictures from 'The Milaya Studios' follow @noralorek

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On the market: Friendly people everywhere. They sell what they can to support their families.
#bidibidi #uganda #southsudan #biggestrefugeecampintheworld #refugeeswelcome #shopping

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“We never know if we will have enough food until the day of the next distribution. I was a good farmer in South Sudan and had many crops and fruits. I sold a lot on the market and used the profit to buy other things on the local market and sell it with profit in town.”
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“I have no plan for the future because there’s nothing I can do. I want to build a house for my children because this is the only we have and it’s always leaking when it’s raining.”
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Anna Kiden was married in South Sudan but left her husband because he was violent. Before leaving the country she was living with her brother but had to leave to Uganda when the shootings around their home in Yei became more intense.
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In the picture Anna is with her children Faida, Emanuel, Isaac, Monica and Stella next to their home in Bidibidi refugee settlement.
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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 was then with its more than 270 000 people considered the worlds largest refugee settlement.
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On assignment for @natgeo July/August 2017.

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There is still so much crop to be harvested in this world 🌎
“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭9:7-8‬ ‭
#missions #promisechild #promisechildministries #give #send #go #travel #allnations #investment

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I dag gik turen til en børnehave i Bidibidi lejren. Det var en helt fantastisk oplevelse, at møde alle de skønne livsglade børn. De havde så meget energi og var over alt. Vi sad og lavede papirsskibe og legede udenfor. Da vi skulle videre, ville ingen af dem slippe mine hænder, det var helt rørende. Jeg har så meget respekt for de børn og voksende der lever her i Bidibidi lejren❤️ #mevation

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We played football with the women's team in the refugee camp ⚽️ Unfortunately, there are very few footballs in the camp and few football pitches
#refugee #refugees #refugeecamp #bidibidirefugeecamp #uganda #afrika #africa #football #woman #womanfootball #mevation #folkekirkensnødhjælp @mevation

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We played football with the women's team in the refugee camp ⚽️ Unfortunately, there are very few footballs in the camp and few football pitches
#refugee #refugees #refugeecamp #bidibidirefugeecamp #uganda #afrika #africa #movie #woman #womanfootball #mevation #folkekirkensnødhjælp @mevation

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We played football with the women's team in the refugee camp ⚽️ Unfortunately, there are very few footballs in the camp and few football pitches
#refugee #refugees #refugeecamp #bidibidirefugeecamp #uganda #afrika #africa #movie #woman #womanfootball #mevation #folkekirkensnødhjælp @mevation @charlottephilippon

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Here the refugees are sleeping the first couple of days before moving on to their new ground. Here they are going to build their new house
#refugee #refugees #refugeecamp #bidibidirefugeecamp #uganda #afrika #africa

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