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Stand-up comic Akau Jambo, 25, remembers a fellow comedian saying, "Dang, I never knew people were laughing in South Sudan." Jambo is out to prove him wrong. Courtesy of Akau Jambo hide caption

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Nyayua Thang, 62, left, stands waist-deep in the floodwaters in front of an abandoned primary school in South Sudan. Members of her village, displaced by extreme flooding as a result of heavy rainfall, are using the building as a refuge. Only small mud dikes at the entrance of the door are keeping the water out. (November 2020) Peter Caton for Action Against Hunger hide caption

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Elizabeth (in purple), who lives in South Sudan, is undecided about getting a COVID vaccine. She's heard rumors that make her think it's not a good idea. Her daughter, Nancy, (left) is newly vaccinated. Her son, Dr. Edward Kenyi, is lobbying his "mum" to agree to the inoculation. Nancy Luka, Edward Kenyi hide caption

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A bishop receives a vaccine for COVID-19 at Juba Teaching Hospital on April 7 in Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan received 132,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on March 25 through the World Health Organization's COVAX program to ensure all countries have equal access to vaccines. Andreea Campeanu/Getty Images hide caption

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They Desperately Need COVID Vaccines. So Why Are Some Countries Throwing Out Doses?

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South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar (left) shares a smile with President Salva Kiir after a swearing-in ceremony Saturday in the capital, Juba. Observers hope their newly forged coalition spells an end to civil war. Stringer/AP hide caption

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Lual Mayen, CEO of Junub Games, says that before he taught himself how to code at a refugee camp, "I never thought video games were made by people. I thought they just fall from heaven." Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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A man carries South Sudan's national flag at Mangateen Internal Displaced persons center in Juba on November 17, 2018. Sudan's civil war has led to the displacement of millions of people. Akuot Chol/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People waved the national flags of South Sudan during a peace ceremony in the capital city of Juba last Thursday. South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to Juba after two years of exile, saying he had come bearing a message of peace. AKUOT CHOL/Akuot Chol/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jacob Atem, who fled Sudan as a boy, was one of the storytellers at "Stoop Stories," a Baltimore event. Atem talked about his life as a "Lost Boy" and what happened when he settled in Michigan — like the time his foster mom grounded him just for wanting to punch a kid who'd insulted him. Brennen Jensen for NPR hide caption

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Evan Atar Adaha, surgeon and medical director at a hospital in South Sudan, accepts the U.N.'s Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva, on October 1. His wife, Angela Atar, is at right. Cyril Zingaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why are some warnings heard, while others are ignored? Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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South Sudanese soldiers listened to the verdict being delivered at their trial on Thursday. A military judge found 10 soldiers guilty of rape and murder during a violent attack at the Terrain Hotel in Juba in 2016. AP hide caption

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U.S. Border Patrol agents ask a group of Central American asylum seekers to remove hair bands and wedding rings before taking them into custody on June 12, near McAllen, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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A World Food Programme worker stands next to aid parcels that will be distributed to South Sudanese refugees at the airport in Sudan's North Kordofan state. Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why It's So Hard To Stop The World's Looming Famines

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The Bentiu displaced persons camp in South Sudan holds more than 100,000 people who fled fighting in the country's 4-year-old civil war. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Unhappy Anniversary, South Sudan

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I Spent 4 Days In Jail In South Sudan. I Won't Stop Reporting On The Crisis There

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