Picking up the pieces from South Sudan: one man’s hopes for his family

Philip Alier Achiek and his family fled South Sudan -  ©IFRC/Rose&Sjölander

Philip Alier Achiek and his family fled South Sudan – ©IFRC/Rose&Sjölander

Philip Alier Achiek gazes at the sun as it rises over the Baratuku refugee camp in northern Uganda. His four children sit patiently on a mat as their mother prepares their breakfast of porridge on a cooking stove.

For two weeks now, their home has been a temporary shelter made from reeds and plastic sheeting.

When violence broke out in South Sudan in mid-December last year, Philip and his family fled on a motorcycle, not knowing where to go or how long they would be away.


South Sudan Crisis Appeal: life as an aid worker

A woman cradling a baby


The hope and joy that greeted South Sudan’s independence in 2011 seems like a long time ago. The world’s newest nation is in the midst of a conflict and a vast humanitarian crisis.

Millions of people are reportedly in need of humanitarian aid – food, water and shelter – while nearly one million people have been made homeless.

Rory Moylan, from Hampshire, is a field delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Here he talks about the Red Cross’ role in South Sudan and life in the African nation.





John Adjak Mapior watches his young children innocently playing at the Alere refugee camp in northern Uganda.

The camp has been their home for several weeks now, hundreds of kilometres away from their home in South Sudan.

When fighting erupted in his home country, John fled with his family and relatives. He had to ensure that his young children and ageing mother-in-law could cope with the long and difficult journey to Uganda.

Please donate to our South Sudan Crisis Appeal. More

Emotional support for Syria’s refugee children

When British Red Cross press officer Penny Sims visited Jordan, she found stories and play were helping children who had fled Syria’s three-year conflict. Read more in her guest blog.

In a lemon-yellow room pasted with posters, art and streamers, about 30 children sit on the floor absolutely spellbound. Suddenly there is a flurry of enthusiastic hand-waving, shouting and applause. Two volunteers are leading a lively story activity group for Syrian children aged four to 12. The volunteers are great performers and their audience is completely engrossed.

This is one of many drop-in sessions run by the Jordan Red Crescent in Amman, which is now home to thousands of Syrian refugees. The children can come any time during the week, and there will be someone to sit with them, play with them, read stories, paint, or play with modelling dough. These activities help build trust, tolerance and playfulness in the children.

children sat on the floor with their hands up

© Ibrahim Malla/IFRC


South Sudan to Uganda: “I just wish to go back home”

Sarah Yach recently fled violence in South Sudan, crossing into Uganda with her family.

They now live in a refugee camp in Baratuku, in northern Uganda, surviving on rationed food and sharing sanitation facilities with hundreds of other refugees.

More than 97,000 people have fled South Sudan for Uganda. They are among nearly one million people made homeless by the conflict, according to the UN.  

In an emotional interview Sara, 17, describes the journey to Uganda and her hopes for the future.

Please donate to our South Sudan Crisis Appeal today.

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