Seeking shelter in war-torn South Sudan

Many South Sudanese, including the Shilluk tribe, have been displaced several times amid the ongoing conflict.

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A makeshift tent is pictured following a heavy rainstorm in the village of Aburoc, South Sudan, on May 14, 2017. Some households here received tarpaulins, but many people still have only the trees for shelter as the rainy season fast approaches.(Photo credit: Aljazeera/Phil Hatcher-Moore)

A makeshift tent is pictured following a heavy rainstorm in the village of Aburoc, South Sudan, on May 14, 2017. Some households here received tarpaulins, but many people still have only the trees for shelter as the rainy season fast approaches.(Photo credit: Aljazeera/Phil Hatcher-Moore)

Oct 14, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— Nearly four million people, or roughly a third of the country’s population, have been forced from their homes by the conflict in South Sudan.

Some have fled to neighbouring countries, while others have been living in the sprawling camps surrounding United Nations bases across South Sudan. Others, including thousands of members of the Shilluk tribe, have been moving from town to town through the bush as front lines sweep across the country.

This past May, more than 17,000 Shilluk settled in what was once a small village, Aburoc, straddling a dry river bed. They were desperately clinging to their ancestral homeland as the fighting pushed them closer towards the border with Sudan.

“I’m afraid,” Sunday Odok told Al Jazeera. “I don’t know what’s happening, and what will happen tomorrow.”

A family sit under a tree around which they live in the village of Aburoc, South Sudan, on May 11, 2017. Thousands of people, predominantly from the Shilluk tribe, have fled here after fighting forced them from their homes. Arriving in Aburoc with only what they could carry, many people are living outside in the open without any shelter.(Photo credit: Aljazeera/Phil Hatcher-Moore)

A family sit under a tree around which they live in the village of Aburoc, South Sudan, on May 11, 2017. Thousands of people, predominantly from the Shilluk tribe, have fled here after fighting forced them from their homes. Arriving in Aburoc with only what they could carry, many people are living outside in the open without any shelter.(Photo credit: Aljazeera/Phil Hatcher-Moore)

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