Nora Lorek

Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda

Elmenia Juan (84) from Opari village in South Sudan. She has been a refugee in Uganda three times. "My first war in the 70s, the war of President Lagu. That war was between the black people and Arabs since Lagu said that Arabs should go back to their countries. The next war started in 1992 and we came back to Uganda again. The second time I came on my own after my husband had died. I had seven children of which two died and one is in medical care in South Sudan. So only four of them are left.

"The third time I had to come here was in 2005 and after the situation calmed down in South Sudan we went back to Opari village. So that's where we were when the war started again. The 20th of August 2016 I had to go back to Uganda. Back then the rebels attacked the government forces and after that the government soldiers attacked everybody. So it's because of them that I'm here again.

"It's difficult to live here. This time I'm completely on my own and there's no good food. When I lived in South Sudan I had everything I needed and was cultivating vegetables. So right now I don't know about my future but if people decide to go back I'll walk home too."

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