Rachel, South Sudan

Rachel is around 30 and lives in Bentiu. She brought her 1 year old daughter Ariya into our partner’s clinic.

“When the conflict began in Lear County we fled and came here, we came for protection. Even now it’s too dangerous to leave, so now we’ve been here 5 years. I hope that we can go back to Lear County in the future, but there would have to be a lot of change to be able to go back, it’s not safe right now. But if God opens a way, I believe it can happen.

I have 6 children. This is where the whole family comes for treatment. I come here for my health and for check-ups.

I brought Ariya here because she wasn’t well, she had a fever, was breathing quickly, refusing to be fed and vomiting. It was really frightening.  Ariya was very ill when she was admitted, they said she was severely dehydrated. She also had diarrhoea and a fever.  After she got a bit better, she was treated as an outpatient. They gave her amoxicillin, albendazole tablets for worms and ORS and after she took the medication all the symptoms stopped. I am so happy that she has recovered.    

There is very poor sanitation in the camp. There’s no proper drainage. The children like to play in the mud, and then they get diarrhea and sickness. I’ve had to bring my children here several times for that. But the staff always provide good treatment at this clinic.”

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