A hungry family seeks warm relief
Sumaya, 18 months, tries to feed on her mother’s milk. Her mother Amandru gently pulls her away. She has no milk. It’s been over a week since she could last breastfeed Sumaya.
Amandru is exhausted. Her husband was killed when violence erupted in South Sudan, forcing her to flee her village and hide in the bush with her children Sumaya, Ariye, aged four, and Madasi, aged six. For many months, the young family had only beans to eat.
When she couldn’t find any more food Amandru decided to cross the Ugandan border, over 220km away. For more than four weeks they walked from morning to night. “The children are still small, so we had to rest six or seven times a day,” she said. For the entire journey, they survived by eating only a handful of peanuts each day.
Their destination was a refugee transit centre in northern Uganda, where World Vision is partnering with the World Food Programme to provide life-saving food assistance to refugee families like Amandru’s.
When they arrive, Amandru and her children receive their first proper meal in a long time. As they sit down to eat, a weight seems lifted from Amandru’s shoulders. The children’s faces brighten with wide smiles. It’s a warm and welcome relief for a desperately hungry family.