At Ocea Health Center in the Rhino refugee settlement in Uganda, four mothers cradle their newborn babies having just given birth mere hours earlier.
Mary grabs her notebook and maternal health education booklet and walks towards one of the large tents in the Imvepi refugee reception center that houses dozens of new female refugees arriving in Uganda from the South Sudan border.
“One day you are in one place, and then the soldiers come and you have to run to another place. We have been on the run since the war spread to our village last July,” says Mary, a 28-year-old pregnant mother from Central Equatoria in South Sudan.
It was September 2016 when the war finally spread to Joyce’s village. She watched morning to night as massive groups of people were on the move to Uganda in search of safety.
In the heat of the day, Lillian, Scobia and Viola help each other carry large, heavy pieces of wood from a collection point to the temporary shelter they are trying to make into a home at Imvepi refugee settlement in Uganda.
One night, 26-year-old Joyce watched in fear as her husband continued to drink and his behavior became increasingly erratic. Ever since they’d fled the war in South Sudan, her husband’s drinking had gotten worse and sometimes led to violent outbursts.
1. Uganda is experiencing the largest refugee crisis in Africa.
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