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Sarah’s Testimony

Sarah Ngachu is from Pibor County in Jonglei State and came to stay in an IDP camp in Juba, after the fighting between the SPLM in opposition and the Government army. Sarah’s parents were killed during the fighting.

‘We walked in a big group of women, men and children for 15 days until we reached Bor Town’, she says.

They lived off of bush animals and water from lakes. One woman from the group and her 5-year-old child died of thirst in the desert. From Bor an army truck transported them to the capital Juba, where she has stayed since September 2014 in the IDP camp at Mahad. She was 8 months pregnant when she arrived, and gave birth in the IDP camp to a healthy baby called Martha, who is now 5 months old.

About living in an IDP camp Sarah says ‘we don’t care about anything, we just sit. We don’t know what to do’. If peace comes she will go to her husband’s home area; now that her parents are gone she has nothing to return to in Pibor.

Her baby Martha who is now 5 months old was screened and enrolled for treatment of malnutrition by AFOD staff at Mahad OTP site in February 2015, weighing only 6.1 kg.

Martha was having diarrhoea and vomiting when she was enrolled in care, but now three weeks later she weighs 6.4 kg and is active and playful.

Today they have come to AFOD’s outreach point at Mahad to collect their Plumpynut, a ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), and Sarah is grateful to AFOD and UNICEF for the services they have received.


Nutrition and food security and sustainable Livelihood
Mahad OTP, South Sudan