Eva's Story

When Eva’s mother, father and brother were killed, she fled from South Sudan to Ethiopia. Alone. She was 9 years old. This is her story.

South Sudan to Ethiopia

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Escaping South Sudan

When armed forces reached her village and began attacking her family, Eva was forced to flee alone.

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Walking for days

Nine-year-old Eva walked for six days, alone, until she reached a town on the Ethiopian border. There, a woman helped her and gave her shoes and clothes. She also gave Eva money so that she could cross the river to Ethiopia, and finally reach safety.

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Crossing the Border

When Eva reached the safety of Ethiopia, she walked to the Tirgol transit center, where she and other refugees received food, a sleeping mat, shelter, water and a jerry can from UNHCR.

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Taking Shelter

After five days at the transit center, UNHCR protection officers transferred Eva to the Nguenyyiel refugee camp where she would have access to better shelter, medical care and importantly, school.

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