South Sudan: Abel returns home

Read part 1 of Abel’s story | Read part 2 of Abel’s story

Three-year-old Abel has been reunited with his uncle Baksoro and his brothers and sister, after not seeing them for over two months.

When Abel saw Baksoro again, he ran to him shouting, “Baba, baba!”

Ulu plays with his siblings back at home.
Abel plays with his siblings back at home.


Ulu sees his uncle Dikon for the first time in months.
Abel sees his uncle Baksoro for the first time in months.

A heart-warming moment

It was a heart-warming experience for our child protection staff, Yvonne and Sulafa, who have worked so tirelessly to see Abel and many other children in the area reunited with their families.

Yvonne and Sulafa are part of Save the Children’s Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) team, which works to reunite separated, missing and abducted children, and children associated with the armed forces.

Families are reunited at the local airstrip.
Families are reunited at the local airstrip.
Families reunite on the airstrip in Pibor, Jonglei state.
After months of worry and uncertainty, a family is reunited.

Abel had been staying with his uncle Muolo since he became separated from his family during an attack on their village, in which his home was destroyed and his father and paternal grandparents killed.

Recently Abel was reunited with his maternal grandparents.

Ulu talks about his stay with uncle Bal, with his maternal grandmother.
Abel with his grandmother.


Ulu with his relatives.
Abel with his relatives.

Going home

Abel has now returned to his village, with his uncle, sister and brothers.

Their mother is still in the cattle camp (where the family’s cows are kept, some distance from their village), but she will be making her way back soon.

Read Abel’s story in his own words, and hear him singing.

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Names have been changed to protect the identity of the family involved.

Photos © Sulafa Hassan Nashingol and Yvonne Agengo, Child Protection Staff in Pibor.

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