The civil war that began in South Sudan in 2013 is spreading from the capital of Juba across the country and leaving a famine in its wake. Now, remote northern villages like Aburoc are sheltering thousands of people fleeing violence, while battling a water shortage and cholera crisis.
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The Nile River snakes past the village of Aburoc in South Sudan. Despite this proximity, during dry season the town’s 1,000 occupants must rely on three wells for their water. In May, the remote settlement absorbed almost 30,000 fleeing from a nearby town that was seized by government troops. South Sudan has only been a country since 2011, but it’s been consumed by civil war for much of that time. In Aburoc, an insufficient supply of clean water has led to cholera. Nonprofit aid groups helped stop that crisis, but when the rainy season starts, malaria will become a serious threat. Instead of waiting for peace in Aburoc, many are continuing their journey over the border into Sudan.
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Civil War Forced Them to Run Where Water Is Scarce | National Geographic