While Joseph says he is relieved to have made it to South Sudan, he remains deeply concerned for those who haven’t been able to make it out of Sudan, including his wife’s family who are still there.
“They plan to come but they haven’t got money yet for transport to get here.”
Joseph is hoping his family can help him get home to Warrap.
Refugees arriving at the South Sudan border
At the transit centre, Christian Aid met 40-year-old mum of ten Martha. Martha has lived in Khartoum her whole life. She had fled Sudan with her family, including her 65-year-old mother Grace, who is originally from Wau state in South Sudan.
Martha and her family felt they had no choice but to flee their home after their neighbourhood in Khartoum was attacked during the fighting.
“A bomb fell and part of it hit the top of my house. I was woken up by the noise and my body was covered in dust. All the windows and the door of my house were opened,” Martha says.
The conditions in the transit centre are particularly hard for Martha’s children.
“This has messed up their lives. They have been living in good conditions where they have been watching TV and playing computer games. Now they are really exhausted with the situation we are in,” Martha says.
“If it wasn’t for their aunt arriving and telling them that the situation in Khartoum is getting worse and worse, they would have forced me to take them back.”