JAMAM, SOUTH SUDAN – MARCH 2012: The Jamam refugee camp in Upper Nile State, South Sudan houses 36,500 vulnerable people who have fled across the border from their homes in Blue Nile state to escape the ongoing fighting between Khartoum’s government troops and the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army.
Water is desperately scarce in the camp and as people form long lines at taps in 40 degrees of heat, frustration and fights break out. Nearby at a dried up watering hole, every day dozens of thirsty children dig deep holes and caves into the parched earth to scoop up cups of muddy water.
Sarah Yabura aged 16 says “Getting water from the holes is very difficult and dangerous. I’m afraid of the snakes. Life here is difficult and it will get much worse during the rainy season because this area will be flooded. Our whole family is here except my grandmother who stayed in Blue Nile. I have no hope for the future because there is no school here, no good life and my future is dark.” People are weakened by vomiting and diarrhoea but NGO’s believe the real danger will come when the rains arrive in a few weeks time.
Picture shows a young girl digging for filthy water in a hole she has dug.