By Reuters Photographers
June 20 marks World Refugee Day, an occasion that draws attention to those who have been displaced around the globe. The UN reports that by the end of 2011 some 43.3 million people were displaced by conflict and persecution, and an estimated up to 12 million people were thought to be stateless.
In the run-up to June 20, Reuters photographers in various countries photographed someone who has at some point fled their home, from a Syrian family who escaped to Jordan, to a man who survived the Rwandan genocide and is now about to start his second Master’s degree in the United States.
Photographer Andreea Campeanu, in South Sudan
Maymona, 28, is from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state. The state remained part of Sudan after the secession of the South three years ago, and as conflict simmers along the contentious border it has been the scene of bombings and fierce clashes between rebels and the Sudanese military.
Maymona fled the restive area for Juba, the capital of South Sudan. She now lives there with other people from her home region including relatives and their children.
She has three children of her own but they are all in school in Kenya and their father is still in Nuba, where he remarried. His second wife now lives in Juba, not far from Maymona.