Persistent conflict and political unrest has forced almost two million people to flee South Sudan. Meyriam, a locality in the Republic of Sudan close to the South Sudanese border, is hosting almost 20,000 refugees. With support from ECHO and Irish Aid, Concern is there providing emergency assistance and helping families to meet their basic needs.
Twenty year old Boll is from former-Warrap State in South Sudan. Boll and his family were forced to flee their village when fighting errupted between rebel groups and government forces. They managed to escape their village at night and set out on foot to neighbouring Sudan in search of safety. They walked through the jungle for days, without food or water, and risked encountering armed militia and land mines as they trekked.
When they reached Meyriam, Boll and his family were registered as new arrivals and found accommodation amongst the host community. Like other new refugees arriving with only what they could carry on their back, they were supported by Concern with a kit of basics which included kitchen utensils, household pots, a jerry can, mosquito nets, female sanitation kits and sleeping mattresses.