Imagine being thirteen years old. The village where you and your three younger brothers live is attacked by armed militia. You are at school when you first hear the crack of gunshots, and everyone runs, screaming. In the chaos, you manage to find your younger brothers and run home, but your mother is away and you can’t find your father. People are screaming. You see dead bodies lying on the ground. You are terrified and you don’t know what to do. You run to your aunt’s house, who tells you that you must escape with her across the border to the next country, hundreds of miles away. You travel for three days, with no food and no water, except what you can find from streams.
This is the story of Moses, a South Sudanese refugee now living at the Bidibidi Refugee Camp in Uganda. He is one of
10,500 South Sudanese children who live there without their parents. Some are orphans, others (like Moses) have been separated from their parents by armed conflict. Though some are placed into temporary foster care, many remain unaccompanied and vulnerable. Traumatized by war, flight, and the loss of family, and without a strong support network, these children need help and support.