“The road trip took nine hours,” Akite said. “It was difficult to go through the journey with swollen feet and the discomfort of being pregnant. What gave me the zeal to push on was knowing so many children were coming in, and the majority of them were unaccompanied. I felt I had to sacrifice my comfort for theirs.”
Akite arrived at Bidibidi in August of 2016. As a child protection specialist with World Vision Uganda, Akite was sent to the camp to respond to the influx of South Sudanese refugees pouring across the border. At the time, more than 1,000 people were crossing into the country every day – the majority of whom were women and children.