A fully-loaded ferry leaving for South Sudan
After the independence of South Sudan on July 9th, 2011, refugees from South Sudan who fled the civil war began to return to their southern homeland. Kosti is a place where these returnees make a brief stop before going back. It has a port for ferries that travel the Nile from north to south. One interesting fact is that not all returnees were born in South Sudan. In fact, most South Sudanese children were born in Sudan to South Sudanese parents who came to Sudan fleeing the war. For those children, this journey to South Sudan is their first time to set foot on the soil of their homeland. The families head back to South Sudan looking for their relatives for support.
Most people do not even know the colors or shapes of mines and UXOs, which we show in the posters.
We distribute brochures with graphic images of mines and UXOs so the participants can carry them around and remember the images later on (At left is AAR JAPAN Sudan office staff, Shigeki NAMBA)
Ms. Margaret is on her way to South Sudan with her children.
AAR JAPAN Sudan Office staff members: “We want to protect people from mine/UXO-related accidents.” Hiroshi SETO, far left in front row. Shigeki NAMBA, second from the left in back row.
Has been working in AAR JAPAN Sudan Office since March, 2011. Worked for a manufacturer before joining the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers in Paraguay. Then joined AAR JAPAN. Likes to play soccer. (Born in Hyogo Prefecture.)