She left everything behind in South Sudan to seek safety in Uganda.

Achan is a widow who had eight children. All but one died during the ongoing war in her home country of South Sudan. Now, Achan, 75, has to care for many grandchildren.

Before the war, she was a peasant farmer in Sudan who sustained her big family with what they could grow in the fields.

When war broke out in her hometown of Pajok, South Sudan, Achan and her family had to run to save their lives, leaving all their crops and belongings behind. She believes their home has been destroyed by the rebels.

Achan currently lives in a refugee camp in Lamwo District, Uganda. Hope Ofiriha, a Norwegian NGO which assists South Sudanese refugees with medical care, microfinance, and education, shared her story with us.

Learn more about Hope Ofiriha’s life-saving work with South Sudanese refugees.

This is a story from GlobalGiving’s new Voices From The Crowd series.