For many children in Sudan, life has been lived against a backdrop of war and conflict. They have never known anything else, and, despite the peace agreement of 2005, the suffering continues unabated. Nearly one in ten children in Sudan is an orphan, most live in poverty, droughts have led to harvest failures so food is scarce, around four million of the population have been displaced by internal war and an estimated million killed in those conflicts. Its hard to imagine living in a land where there is only one trained doctor for every 100,000 people, where more than half of all children in Sudan don't attend school so will struggle to find employment in a country where so many don't work and where a quarter of a million people are living in refugee camps along the Chad border.
Water is also a serious issue for children in southern Sudan in particular where small boreholes are the main source of water with people walking miles, then queuing for hours to get supplies of untreated water resulting in many suffering from bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever ~ all water related. Many children die from these diseases and those who do live have a life expectancy of just 52yrs. It is against this background that many children in Sudan are severely traumatised; the scars in society are not a brief period in Sudan's history, for children they are the country's only known history for no other situation has ever been experienced. Within this group of children are those known as the 'lost boys of Sudan' who were displaced during the second civil war in Sudan.
They number around 20,000 and having been separated from their families or orphaned during the war, fled the violence by trekking often hundreds of miles across the wilderness in search of refuge. Many died on their journey to find safety only to find that peace, after they reached camps in Ethiopia, shattered after the change of government there in 1991. After returning home to face renewed violence many of them fled again to Kenya. The video above explores the humanitarian intervention work being undertaken with children in the Sudan to help alleviate the pain and build a better future.
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