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Oumi Starts a New Life in South Sudan Camp
Added 29 Oct 2012
Oumi arrived in Yusuf Batil refugee camp, in South Sudan, after three months on the run. Along the way she gave birth to a son, lost her husband to illness and guided her four children safely across the border from Sudan. The family reared goats, sheep and cattle in their home in Sudan’s Blue Nile state before the war came to their village. With her children sick and hungry, Oumi finally found shelter in Yusuf Batil, where she is receiving assistance from UNHCR and its partners.
The widow, who does not know her age, says her life is now in the camp where she cooks for the children and hopes they can all soon start to help her. She says she worries about the future but dreams of being given a plot of land where she can grow sorghum, maize and okra to sell and make enough money to buy some goats. The following pictures depict Oumi and her children in their new home.
All images: © UNHCR/C.Pouilly / October 2012
The Resilience and Dignity of Refugees in South Sudan
Added 19 Oct 2012
Since September 2011, more than 100,000 Sudanese refugees have fled bombing raids and fighting in their home country and taken refuge in South Sudan's Upper Nile state. Hosted in four refugee camps in Maban County, they face tough living conditions that have worsened during the rainy season. Staff from the UN Refugee Agency share some of their hardship in one of the most remote and difficult to access areas of South Sudan.
Grateful for the life-saving assistance they receive from the UN Refugee Agency and its humanitarian partners, these refugees are an example of the extraordinary resilience humans are capable of. The following photographs, taken by UNHCR staff, show the conditions in which they live during a daily battle to maintain their dignity and hope.
Angelina Jolie visits Syrian & Iraqi Refugees
Added 04 Oct 2012
In her new role as UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie has made five trips to visit refugees so far this year. In September 2012 she travelled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to meet some of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled conflict in their homeland and sought shelter in neighbouring countries. Jolie wrapped up her Middle East visit in Iraq, where she met Syrian refugees in the north as well as internally displaced Iraqis and refugee returnees to Baghdad.
The following unpublished photos were taken during her visit to the Middle East and show her meeting with Syrian and Iraqi refugees.