Nyakoun Tut’s quiet rural life was turned upside down by conflict. Now a refugee of war, our 360° video tells the story of her journey to hope.
By Kristin Myers (HuffPost) |
GAMBELLA REGION, Ethiopia― Nyakoun Tut is just 24, yet little in her young life has been easy. The mother of two lives in a refugee camp in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, just across the border from her home country, South Sudan.
Nyakoun recalls her home fondly. “We had a small farm, sheep, goats, and cattle. We always had enough.” But South Sudan has been gripped by conflict for the last six years, causing millions to flee to neighboring Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya — and Nyakoun was among those that fled.
She vividly remembers the day a militia group attacked her village. “Everyone was running in different directions. I could not see my husband. I just ran with my little girl,” she recalls. “So many people were killed. Behind us, in front of us, beside us. So many people, even children.”
Separated from her husband in the chaos, Nyakoun and her daughter spent six days searching for safety. They had no food, and the only water they had to drink was from dirty puddles they found along the way. Violence surrounded them the whole time. Eventually, Nyakoun carried her daughter all the way to Ethiopia.
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Crossing the border into Ethiopia, Nyakoun was overcome with relief. “When we crossed the border, I knew we were safe. I knew that we would survive,” she says.
Nyakoun and her daughter, Knyakotar, now live in Pugnido Camp with her one-year-old son, Thujin. The family has finally found safe haven, as well as access to services and food provided by a range of organizations, including Concern Worldwide.
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