What a Net Means to a Refugee Mother

What a Net Means to a Refugee Mother

Persila is a 29-year-old mother of two daughters and three sons. She is also a Sudanese refugee in the Pugnido camp in western Ethiopia.

She became a refugee when she was only 5. Her mother was preparing lunch when they heard gunshots. A neighbor ran by, shouting, "Run or die there with your kids." Persila's mother grabbed her three children and fled their small town, Nasir.

They walked for 14 days with little food or water, hiding from soldiers. Eventually they reached safety at Itang refugee camp in Ethiopia.

There they faced a new danger: deadly malaria. Many refugees became sick during the rainy season; some died. Young children were especially vulnerable.

Persila explains, "Last September, my second boy, Emmanuel, got malaria and he had a very serious headache and fever. It was a very painful experience for my boy and myself, as I couldn’t sleep the whole night and the next day I was not able to prepare breakfast for the kids. I took my sick son to the health center, but my elder daughter, Nyalok, did not go to school. She had to cook food for the family."

Bed nets provided by Nothing But Nets supporters have brought peace to Persila’s home. 

"Even in the middle of the night I wake up and check my kids and make sure they are under the net," she says.

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