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    Refugees flee South Sudan violence


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     These poignant scenes of South Sudanese refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya were captured by freelance photographer Joseph Mathenge for the WorldVision charity late January and early February. Those pictured were fleeing bitter fighting between the young country's government and rebels. World Vision aid worker Lucy Murunga said she heard "gut-wrenching" stories from those in the camp of violence and terror, many of whom had walked for two or three days to reach safety. "I spoke to a sixteen-year-old who bravely shared with me that he saw his mother being shot and he and the rest had to flee to safety," she said. "They are frightened to return back home." Many have also been separated from their families, she added. The charity is working with the government to provide humanitarian assistance such as shelter and survival kits, child protection, water, hygiene and sanitation, food and nutrition, and education.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    These photos were taken by World Vision staff as they respond to the flood of people fleeing the violence in South Sudan. Thousands of refugees are pouring into Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, with 300-400 people arriving daily. More than 5,000 children have come into the camp so far. Aid workers are seeing many arriving by themselves, having been separated from their parents.

    “It is a scene of desperation as the refugees arrive at the border, relieved to have finally arrived to a safe place. They look frail and exhausted, a reflection of just how the journey was long and grueling,” said Lucy Murunga, a World Vision emergency communicator who works with refugees in the camp.

    The refugee’s first stop at the camp is the reception center. There they receive food, water and basic supplies like a tent, a sleeping mat and soap. Many have fled with nothing. World Vision one of the many aid organizations assisting refugees in the camp, providing food assistance for the daily arrivals.
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