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From South Sudan To Scotland

Plan International UK are sharing amazing stories of bravery and resilience in a brand new exhibition
12-year-old Lim and his family walked for two months to find safety and refuge in Ethiopia (Photo credit: Plan International/Philipp Schütz)

This spring, Plan International UK is bringing the stories of South Sudan to the heart of Edinburgh in a powerful and immersive new exhibition.

Childhood Disrupted: Stories of survival and hope from children in conflict invites visitors to witness the bravery, strength and resilience of the children who have fled conflict and hunger, and endured a long, dangerous journey to safety. 

The Plan International UK exhibition features the photography of Kate Holt and Philipp Schütz, and has been made possible by the support of our amazing players.

Admission is free, and the exhibition will be on display from 31st May until 2nd June at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

'Every Time I Come Here I Am Happy'

12-year-old Lim is just one of the children who have been caught up in the conflict in South Sudan, which has left over four million people displaced and seven million without enough food to eat

Following the outbreak of violence, Lim left his home with his mum and brother. Together, they walked for two months to reach the Ethiopian border in the hope of finding safety. For the last two years, they've been living in Ethiopia's refugee camps. 

Today, Lim is a daily visitor to the child-friendly space Plan International have set up in his camp, where children have the chance to learn, draw and play. They have the chance to be children again, despite their upbringing in some of the harshest conditions.

"I come to the library at our child-friendly space and read. In the evenings, I come and play football. Every time I come here I am happy", said Lim_._ 

As well as providing child-friendly spaces, the charity have also been responding to the food crisis in South Sudan - providing seeds and tools in communities to help them grow crops and provide food for their families

Childhood Disrupted shares the untold stories of this crisis, of children surviving in South Sudan and others, like Lim, who have had to flee their homes and begin life again. 

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Published: 27/05/2019

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