In Uganda’s Refugee Camps, South Sudanese Children Seek the Families They’ve Lost

PALORINYA, Uganda — On a pale dirt road in the Palorinya refugee camp in northern Uganda, Raida Ijo clung to her 16-year-old son, Charles Abu. They sobbed quietly into each other’s shoulder. They had been separated for 19 months, since the day that fighting broke out between rebels and government troops in their village in South Sudan.

Children mill around as a storm brews over the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in northern Uganda, which is home to 280,000 refugees from South Sudan, more than half of them children. Credit: Tommy Trenchard


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