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The Most Important Thing

Noora, who doesn't know her age, stands inside her makeshift shelter in Doro refugee camp, Maban County, South Sudan. She and her three children fled their village of Mayak, in Sudan's Blue Nile state, three months earlier, when fighting there killed her husband. The most important object she was able to bring with her is this wooden basket, as it allowed her to carry her one-year-old son, Sabit Idris, atop her head during their four-day journey to South Sudan. Her two-year-old daughter, Hanan, and three-year-old son, Nguma, made the journey by foot. The children are all currently malnourished, and Noora has to leave them for much of each day in order to earn money by fetching and selling water to better-off refugees.

UNHCR/B. Sokol

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Taken on August 5, 2012