Younassa Lifa Lenya is a Sudanese refugee and is now employed as a nurse inthe MSF field hospital in Doro. “I am a nurse in the clinic. I come from Blue Nile and I am now living in Doro camp. I have been here now for about four months. One of our big challenges will be the rainy season. I hope we will be ready because I know this place and it will be difficult. Back in Blue Nile State I used to be a community health worker with another nongovernmental organization. I was in Kurmuk. I think for the people who are still in Blue Nile State, the health situation must be very difficult for them. Everyone has run away from Blue Nile State, so there are no doctors or nurses left. When I moved with my family from Kurmuk to Doro camp it was very difficult. The journey was all by foot, and it was very bad. We spent something like 30 days on the way here. And there was no food on the way for us to eat. Before I was also a refugee in Ethiopia. It was a long time ago and there were many of us. We spent something like 20 years there as refugees. After that we came back to Blue Nile and now again we are here in Doro camp, because of this new fighting in Blue Nile State. For the refugees living all around me in Doro, there is not enough water for everyone. It is my wife who collects the water. When she goes in the morning, sometimes she can wait till evening before she gets any water. Every time she comes back and she tells me about how she had to quarrel with other women about the water. We are receiving food in the distributions, but it is not enough. There are people who have been going back to Blue Nile to harvest the sorghum because there is not enough here for them to eat. But this is not good – it is very dangerous. Now that the sorghum harvest has finished, I think there could be a very big problem. We could have big problems of hunger in the camp. The sorghum that people have been bringing back has been keeping us alive until now. But from now on we need the humanitarians to bring in food. In the rainy season there will be problems because there is no space for us refugees to cultivate with our own hands. So we cannot look after ourselves, we will have food problems here.”
Younassa Lifa Lenya is a Sudanese refugee working as a nurse in the MSF field hospital in Doro.
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