The Journey of South Sudanese to Ethiopia
"It took me 15 days to get to Gambella because I had to carry small children, which slowed down our group of 30 people. For food we picked fruit and leaves from the trees, and we treated the sick children with herbal medicine. When we walked by we saw that some of the villages were emptied out." Teacher, 46, from Paloich, South Sudan
"I left Juba in December. People were being killed all around me so we ran to the United Nations compound. I couldn’t get there because the road was blocked by soldiers with guns, so I ran into the forest. The soldiers were asking everyone for their ID. They would line up the people, put them in containers and shoot them." Clinical Officer, 30, from Juba, South Sudan
"I fled Nasir because our homes were burned and civilians were killed. And I did not want to fight. I was trained as a health worker and that’s what I want to do." Male midwife, 30, from Nasir, South Sudan
"I walked for 2 weeks with other women and children. There were no men. We ate fruit from the trees and drank water from the river, and there was no one in the villages we passed through. Some people died on the journey because of vomiting, diarrhea and fever. A child from one of the other families died. We met children walking on their own, and so we would help them with food, and let them travel with us. I have lost everything now." Mother, 32, from Nasir, South Sudan
"I walked with my 7 children for 2 weeks from Malakal to Nasir, and then 1 more week from Nasir to Pagak. I passed through villages, but didn’t stop. In the villages up to and including Gal I only saw dead people. I walked mainly in the bush, with no food or money." Mother, 39, from Malakal, South Sudan
"I left because I didn’t want to hear gunshots. Fighting was happening everywhere. There was fighting at the United Nations compound and they were raping and killing the women." Government worker, 31, from Malakal, South Sudan
"I ran for three days because people were shooting and killing people around me. I haven’t eaten since I arrived here. My main worries now are finding food, shelter and finding out how my husband is, and where my mother and father are. I don’t feel safe in Ethiopia, I’m worried the fighting will reach here." Woman, 18, from Nasir, South Sudan
"It is worse here. I have not eaten today. I walked here for 30 days with my 15 year-old sister after my mother and father were shot in the fighting. My sister says there is no life without parents, and that we should kill ourselves. I want to go to new country for a better life." Male student, 17, from Malakal, South Sudan.
"It took 3 weeks for me to walk here with my four children, after weeks of fighting in my town. We hid in the fields from fighting. Now I still haven’t eaten since I got here, and am worried about finding food and a place to live. I will probably stay in Ethiopia because my husband has died, and I have nowhere else to go." Mother, 28, from Adar, South Sudan As the crisis in South Sudan continues, thousands of South Sudanes refugees and flowing over the border into the Gambella region of Ethiopia, where they face...

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