Day of the African Child 2016:

Conflict and Crisis in Africa

 

 

To mark the day of the African Child UNICEF South Sudan asked two children living in a camp for the displaced in the capitol Juba to document their lives.

Susan Jal John, 12, and Charles Nhial, 15, have both been living in the UN’s protection of civilians site since they and their families had to flee their homes due to South Sudan’s civil war.

 

Susan John Jal, 12, takes photographs at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, with a camera provided by UNICEF South Sudan, to commemorate the Day of African Child 2016. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF “It’s safe in this site but I miss my home, my school and my friends,” says Susan. “I don’t even know where my father is. Sometimes we go without food. When I go to school, I forget about some of my problems.”

Susan John Jal, 12, takes photographs at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, with a camera provided by UNICEF South Sudan, to commemorate the Day of African Child 2016. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF

"It’s safe in this site but I miss my home, my school and my friends,” says Susan. “I don’t even know where my father is. Sometimes we go without food. When I go to school, I forget about some of my problems.”

Susan’s photograph of her friends who play in a local football team in the UN’s protection of civilians site in Juba.  Photo by: Susan John Jal

Caption: Susan’s photograph of her friends who play in a local football team in the UN’s protection of civilians site in Juba.

Photo by: Susan John Jal

 

Susan shows to her grandmother, Rebecca Gatwick, and her younger brothers a family portrait she took inside their home in the UN protection of civilians site in Juba.

 “This is my grandmother. When I heard that there was fighting in Juba and that many people from my community had been killed, I thought I would never see her. I am happy that she is here with us. Every evening she tells us stories about the olden days in our community.”

A picture taken by Susan John Jal, 12, of her siblings in their shelter at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba.

Photo by Susan John Jal – UNICEF

Charles Nhial, 15, takes photographs outside his family’s shelter at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan.

Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF

“My family and I live in this crowded tent. There are eleven of us. When it rains our tents flood making it difficult to sleep.”

Charles takes a photograph of his mother, Veronica Nyagai, and her newborn baby inside their shelter at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF

“This is my family. I am happy that we are all in one place. During the conflict we stayed several months apart from each other. When I am not in school or at the child-friendly space, I spend time with my family and help with chores.”

A picture taken by Charles Nhial, 15, at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba. Photo by Charles Nhial – UNICEF

Susan John Jal and Charles Nhial take photos inside a classroom of the Hope Primary School at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF “I attend the same school as my sister and my new best friend. We do not have desks or chairs in my school but we have to keep coming because the other schools are not enrolling more children because classes are overcrowded,” she says.

Susan John Jal and Charles Nhial take photos inside a classroom of the Hope Primary School at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF

 “I attend the same school as my sister and my new best friend. We do not have desks or chairs in my school but we have to keep coming because the other schools are not enrolling more children because classes are overcrowded,” she says.

A picture taken by Charles Nhial, 15, of his friends at the UN protection of civilians site in Juba. Photo by Charles Nhial – UNICEF

“We all attend the school in the camp. I believe education is important for us to achieve our future goals. I hope to be a doctor when I grow up so that I can help sick people in my community,” he says.

Charles Nhial and Susan John Jal take photos together at the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba, South Sudan.  Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF “We want peace so that we can go back to our homes, our friends and families,” says Charles. “I miss my friends, I don’t know where they are or if they are alive. I would like to be a doctor when I grow up so that I can help sick people in my community but for this to happen then we need the peace.”

Charles Nhial and Susan John Jal take photos together at the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba, South Sudan.

Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNICEF

"We want peace so that we can go back to our homes, our friends and families,” says Charles. “I miss my friends, I don’t know where they are or if they are alive. I would like to be a doctor when I grow up so that I can help sick people in my community but for this to happen then we need the peace.”