Nyawar Mapieny Gathoul, 17, holds her six-month-old son, Zoal Mapiny Gai. She stands with some of her younger brothers and sisters who she also cares for because their parents have died. They live on monthly food distributions from MCC partner SSUDRA. They also buy small amounts of food with money they make by gathering wood. The young family lives in Rubkona, an informal settlement camp in Unity State, South Sudan. (MCC photo by Tadeo Santonino)
Nyawar Mapieny Gathoul’s baby and siblings are hungry. The father of her six-month-old isn’t around to help and, at just 17, the young mother also cares for her seven siblings because their parents have died. Nyawar is strong, resilient and hardworking. But the family has only enough food for one meal a day.