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South Sudanese Refugee Relief: Meet David

by Katie Carroll | Jul 09, 2014

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David at the MTI Clinic

Twenty-five-year-old David is a typical young man. He has four brothers and six sisters, many of whom are currently attending university in Kenya. David recently returned home to Boro in South Sudan after going to school in Kenya himself. He was attending university and was applying for jobs.

For now, David's bright future is on hold. Boro was being rocked by continuous fighting. He and his mother fled the gunshots and arrived at the transit center in Adjumani, where he had been for a week after the UN picked he and his family up at the border.

For David, the refugee camp is a relief. He feels safe, and tells us he likes being at the camp "because there are no guns." Despite the refuge from the fighting, he and his family are in for a struggle. They likely won't get a plot of land for several weeks and are living under a tree. The rainy season is coming, which is difficult in Uganda even for those who are not refugees. With rain comes malaria, which will hit David's family hard since they don't have a home, beds, or bed nets. Travel is also difficult with rain making bad dirt roads even worse.

Unlike most people at the camp, David speaks English very well. He came to the MTI clinic on this day for a rash on his face, but he ended up translating for MTI volunteers - a huge help!

Says David, "UNHCR and MTI have received [my family] in a nice way in the camp." He wanted our teams to tell you thank you for helping his family.

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