“I miss my mother and father and brothers and sisters.” ~ Machar
By UNICEF South Sudan,
Dec 16, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — “I miss my mother and father and brothers and sisters. I don’t know where my mother is. I think maybe they are in Kenya.” Machar is one of 10,000 registered separated children in South Sudan. Machar was receiving medical treatment for malaria and pneumonia in Bentiu when the devastating war spread to his hometown.
His father, Marial, desperate to rescue him, moved towards the town but was stopped by the fighting.“I was planning to go to him but war started and I couldn’t reach him. It was difficult for me”.
As the violence escalated, it was no longer safe for Marial, his wife and their three other children to stay in their hometown. The family had no choice but to leave their second born son with his grandmother at a refugee camp in Bentiu as the rest of the family fled to safety.When his wife and three children carried on their journey to Uganda, Marial stayed. He held onto the belief that one day he and Machar would be reunited.