Fleeing from conflict in South Sudan, Doruka, her siblings and grandmother walked for a month to Uganda, where she is thriving and being a child again.
Eight-year-old Doruka has been living in a refugee settlement in North-West Uganda since fleeing South Sudan in 2017. The political conflict, violence and lack of food in her community forced her to flee with her sister, two brothers and grandmother.
Doruka’s father was killed in South Sudan and her mother’s whereabouts are unknown.
It took her a month to reach the Ugandan border. Along the way, Doruka walked through thick jungles, crossed rivers, streams and relied on the kindness of others for food.
Upon arriving in Uganda, she was given water, high-energy biscuits and was allocated a plot of land with shelter. Each month, World Vision provides food rations and clean water to thousands of children like Doruka.
Our peace clubs, Child-Friendly Spaces and counseling services are helping South Sudanese children to recover from the horrors they witnessed. A regular visitor to our Child-Friendly Spaces, Doruka is now top of her class and very popular with students and teachers alike. She loves to sing, dance and play with her friends.
Doruka and her big sister, Serjarina, show their affection for one another.
Doruka and Serjarina enjoy a meal together.