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The Most Important Thing

Haja, 55, and her family fled their home in Fadima Village, in Sudan's Blue Nile state, the night a bomb fell on the home of their neighbour, who was killed instantly. The most important thing she was able to bring with her is the patterned shawl, called a taupe, which she used to carry her baby granddaughter, Bal Gaze. Haja brought nothing else with her during the family's 25-day journey from Fadima to the South Sudanese border. She recalls, "I started to run while wearing my sandals, but they slowed me down, so I threw them on the side of the trail." Jamam refugee camp, Maban County, South Sudan.

UNHCR/B. Sokol

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Taken on August 7, 2012