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Action Against Hunger’s song rises from the crowd, leaded by the community worker who jumps in front of the eighty people. “We designed this song because music makes things easy to remember for most of the people. Everybody knows that feeling of a heady music that will not leave your head. Plus, it is in their mother tongue and singing together brings a bit of joy. The lyrics are about how Action Against Hunger can help you if your child is sick from malnutrition and it gives advices on good care practices like exclusive breastfeeding,’ adds Nyaluak.
Nguenyyiel camp is one of the seven refugee camps established in Gambella region, near the border with South Sudan. Since December 2013, the civil war that rages in South Sudan has displaced thousands of people, with more than 2 millions of refugees and asylum-seekers in the neighboring countries of Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya mostly. Gambella region currently hosts more than 405,000 people, mainly women and children, which equals the local Ethiopian population.
After the welcoming session, mothers and their children line up in front of one of the semi-permanent metal sheet buildings where food rations are distributed. The Gambella area was flooded two weeks ago and the soil became muddy. To take a step is to carry a heavy load of mud that spills over the thin plastic sole of flip-flops, which most people wear, wrapping your feet in a warm, damp coat.
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