Life in South Sudan was difficult for Magdallene and her children, just as it was for so many others who would end up emigrating to northern Uganda as refugees. But emigrating wasn’t easy either. On the journey to the refugee settlement, government soldiers killed her brother, and the rest of the family was separated from one another. (Click here to read more about the war in South Sudan.)
It took six months for them to reach the border, where they still did not have adequate food or clear drinking water. The area was dangerous as it was still so close to the problems that caused her and her family to leave in the first place.
They were able to seek refugee in a primary school for eight months before moving to the next settlement. In this process, her other brother died from illness. Food shortages forced the family to separate to ensure they could each have enough in the new location. Her mother settled in a different settlement, where she too passed from illness.
Life felt so dark for Magdallene. It was painful and scary and she didn’t see any relief in her future.
Magdalene, her husband and 8 children live in a refugee camp about 40 kilometers from the South Sudan border.
Hope for peace and a future
Now, Magdallene lives there with her eight children, five of whom are able to attend school, and life is drastically improving. In her plot, she grows corn, tomatoes, okra, cabbages, green peppers and other vegetables. The World Food Programme is able to help her buy additional food and meet other needs for her family. (Click here to read more about The World Food Programme.)
FH provided her with essential farming tools and vegetable seeds. She also received a goat. Now, she has eight goats, two kid goats and was able to sell one to cover the cost of school fees and food for her children.
Her family is now able to eat at least twice a day, and her children are able to help her around the house by collecting water and firewood, caring for the goats and cooking food.
For the first time, her life has promise and hope. Praise God!