Alice Silvano (40) arrived back to St Peters in Mundri with her family from Khartoum in January 2012. She arrived with only a bag of maize to live on. She has two boys Silvan (4) and Elmas (8). Pictured outside her temporary home holding all her possessions. Her husband died and she now lives with his brother.
Mundri has seen over 12,000 returnees since 2008 with many settling back into the community of St Peters. In Dec 2011 the communities first borehole was fitted by Cafod supplying the community with fresh water for the first time.
Each family is allowed to collect 5/6 jerrycans of water or 100 litres a day which is used for drinking, cooking and washing.
Each household pays approx 5 Sudanese Pounds or GBP1.50 a month to help with the maintenance. Those who cannot pay still have access to the water.
The Republic South Sudan gained Independence on 9th July 2011 following decades of war with north Sudan. The town of Yei became a base for the SPLA during the civil war in which an estimated 4 million people were displaced and more than 2 million died.
South Sudan is one of the poorest countries in the world with an illiteracy rate of 92%, only 3 surgeons, lack of basic health care, water and food security.