Nor Madit breast feeds her twin children in a camp for displaced people in Melijo, South Sudan, near that country's border with Uganda. Families here fled fighting around Bor, in Jonglei State, in December 2013, but have not been warmly welcomed to this region of Eastern Equatoria State, where two earlier waves of displaced people in the 1980s and 1990s have left relations tense between the newcomers, who are Dinka, and the largely Ma'adi residents around the city of Nimule. The ACT Alliance is helping the displaced families and the host communities affected by their presence, and is supporting efforts to reconcile the two groups.
Sister Rosa Le Thi Bong, a Vietnamese member of Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, walks with refugee children in the Makpandu refugee camp, a ramshackle collection of huts with mud walls and thatched roofs spread through a remote section of forest 40 kilometers from Yambio, the capital of Western Equatoria State in the newly independent South Sudan. More than 3,000 people live in the camp, having fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 when the Lord's Resistance Army started a murderous rampage through the area. In recent months the Congolese have been experiencing harassment and insults from the local population. Religious workers say the refugees want to go home to the Congo, but not until Joseph Kony and the LRA are removed. Sister Rosa works in the camp as a member of Solidarity with South Sudan, a pastoral and teaching presence of Catholic priests, sisters and brothers from around the world.