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The Most Important Thing

Eight months before this photograph was taken, Taiba, 15, fled her village of Lahmar in Sudan's Blue Nile state. Leaving with nothing but the ragged clothing she was wearing, Taiba, her mother and five brothers embarked on a two-month journey to South Sudan. She regularly went days at a time without eating, wore no shoes, and had nothing to carry water. She stayed alive by scavenging for fruits in the forest and by begging for food and water. During the journey she suffered from diarrhoea and a skin infection which made walking painful. Taiba holds no object, as she made her journey from Blue Nile empty-handed. Disabled due to a case of tetanus that took her left arm four years ago, she is among the most vulnerable people seeking refuge in Maban County. Jamam refugee camp, Maban County, South Sudan.

UNHCR/B. Sokol

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Taken on August 13, 2012