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On 8 June 2016, Aber Beatrice, 5, photographed in the restaurant that her mother owns in Magri, South Sudan.
Can you write your name? Aber asked, and hers, and hers, making sure all the names were written down. Then she gave her mothers telephone number, which she wanted to show she could recall from memory. I can write my own name, and my mothers and then proceeded to put them in the note book. Born in South Sudan just before independence, her family had returned from exile in Uganda where her father had met her mother. Ida spoke with the type of confidence we had discovered in Aber, and an even brighter smile when she spoke of Idas future. From the income of the small family restaurant Ida sends Aber to school, and hopes she will even go to university overseas once she has finished high school. I want to be a doctor Aber says, and then adds to help the people here in Magri. We have a doctor in Magri. His name is David. He is a very nice man.