With the help of a Kickstart pump, Penniah and her 3 children plan to extend their plot to farm more land and increase their income. Learn more at www.theadventureproject.org.
CAN YOU SEE ME?
Liban Ibraham (age 8) lost his leg when a bomb exploded in Mogadiscio’s city centre in Somalia. Amid the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in 60 years, the effects of Somalia’s decades-long conflict have reached devastating proportions; some 4 million Somalis currently face food insecurity, while 1.5 million have been displaced. Liban visits a feeding centre for people with disabilities.
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Our South Sudan Country Director Mathieu Rouquette met these two little girls in the market in Bentiu, Unity State, when they peeked their heads into a camera shop that recently received a Mercy Corps business grant.
“They were pretty amazed looking at the pictures coming out the printer,” he said. “I asked my colleague Matthew to see if they wanted their own photo. They were so sweet, they smiled timidly, looking down. I had not realized that one of them was hearing impaired.” But photos communicate beyond words. After a taking a few pictures and hooking the camera up to the printer, “Two copies of the picture came out. Their faces lit up, right before they stormed out of the little shop constructed of sheet metal.”
These simple moments of hope and happiness can be rare in South Sudan, where ongoing conflict with Sudan has made violence, hunger and displacement a daily reality for hundreds of thousands of people.