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Walking For Days To Escape Violence: One Refugee's Crossing Into South Sudan

South Sudan / 30.07.12

Amal is 28 years old and a mother of three. She and around 35,000 other refugees escaped violence in Sudan's Blue Nile State by crossing the border into South Sudan in May and June.

On June 12, Amal was brought to a Médecins Sans Frontières mobile clinic at a refugee transit site called 'Kilometer 18' in Upper Nile State. She was thin, weak and coughing, and she could barely walk. Amal was immediately examined, an IV drip was inserted into her arm, and she was transferred to Médecins Sans Frontières' hospital in the Jamam refugee camp. Médecins Sans Frontières health staff suspect that she has tuberculosis and will start her on TB treatment soon. Amal weighs just 32 kilograms, or 80 pounds, and she is too weak to speak, so her cousin Hassan told her story on her behalf.

  

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