A Glimpse of Life for IDPs on a UN Base in South Sudan

In December 2013, conflict ignited in Juba, South Sudan, and soon spread throughout the country. Tens of thousands of civilians fled to United Nations bases for protection. Today, fighting continues, and more than 100,000 South Sudanese are sheltering under the protection of UN peacekeeping forces. Near the besieged town of Bentiu, in the country’s north, many civilians are fearful that they will be harmed – or even killed – if they leave the confines of the UN base. Aid organizations are providing lifesaving services. However, the current camp lies in a flood plain, so there is a rush to prepare new land and drainage systems before the next rainy season begins in April.