Former Nebraskans grappling with tough choice: Stay or leave South Sudan
In this photo taken Dec. 30, 2013, former Nebraska Brad Campbell stands with some of the 10 orphans he and his wife, Kim Campbell, are raising, at the United Nations camp where they have taken shelter along with many other displaced people, in Malakal, South Sudan. The Campbells have been feeding, clothing, educating and parenting 10 South Sudanese children for nearly two years but now they are desperately seeking a way to protect them after their life was upended on Christmas Day when full-fledged war broke out where they live in Malakal, and everyone fled to seek shelter at a nearby U.N. base. "We've got these amazing kids we want to take care of, and we're trying to do that the best we can," said Brad Campbell, who works with the group Keeping Hope Alive. "This isn't the time for us to check out and leave them."
Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 12:00 am
MALAKAL, South Sudan (AP) — The eyes of the American parents living at a United Nations camp alongside thousands of South Sudanese refugees fill with tears as they describe their options: Remain and risk another rebel assault or fly to safety, leaving behind the 10 orphans who call the couple mom and dad.
For nearly two years, Brad and Kim Campbell have been feeding, clothing, educating and parenting 10 South Sudanese children whose parents were killed by conflict or sickness. Their missionary lifestyle was upended after violence broke out in South Sudan's capital, Juba, Dec. 15. Now the Campbells, their two American daughters and the 10 orphaned children live in an ad-hoc U.N. refugee camp that is low on food, water and sanitation.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 12:00 am.