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It was a day full of emotions and moments. I asked our team to pick their favorite photo of the day. I’m sure it was as difficult for others as it was for me to choose just one.

Here they are:

Melissa: As the other children gathered excitedly around those with cameras, posing for photos and laughing at seeing the reflection of themselves and friends, I saw this boy withdraw behind the truck. As I looked into his eyes, I wondered about his personal story. I wondered what he was feeling and thinking and how well he was adjusting to this new way of life that he had been handed to him.


Nathan: While Gabriel and James tried to capture the scope of living conditions for the new arrivals on film, Melissa and I got a chance to talk with a group of mothers and their children. The woman in this photo arrived with her two children (2 and 3 years old) in April. She told us about difficult conditions and the challenges of living in the camp. Her family had shared one bar of soap for the past month, which is just one indicator of public health and resource challenges.


Jennifer: Walking around the Little Ripples site we came across these two beautiful young girls. Every time we see young children with their younger siblings strapped to their backs, I’m in awe of how a 6 year old is more capable of taking care of toddlers than I am! I can only imagine the potential of Little Ripples not only the direct affect on the preschool aged children but also how it will shape the education and lives of their older siblings who are now free to attend and focus on primary school.


Jocelyn: This little girl stopped to pose for the camera, ensuring that she got a premium spot, front and center, in the picture. She has her earrings on, her necklace on, and one of the fiercest looks of determination that I’ve ever seen. She spreads her scarf right before she wraps it back around her head. Her look says, “I am fabulous!”


James: Two of my favorite things about Goz Amer: community and motorcycles!


Gabriel: Goz Amer adjacent. I picked this one because it shows so much of the story. A population that for 10 years has been experiencing violence, and now again — new refugees. But the girl still cooks, a boy watches me watch them, and another boy, way in the back, runs towards us.

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Gabriel co-founded Stop Genocide Now in 2005, which gave birth to i-ACT in 2009. He became involved in the situation in Darfur out of a sense of personal responsibility. He believes the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, can bring about meaningful change.


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