Several months ago, Nancy Poni was sheltering under a tree with her newborn twins from the scorching sun and the violent attacks by cattle rustlers going on around her.
Her village of Karpeto, in the Central Equatorias region of South Sudan, was under constant attack from raiders looting, raping and killing people as well as burning their homes and stealing their cattle. She had already seen three of her neighbours killed and was terrified for the safety of her family, including her tiny twin girls.
A team of peacekeepers, including human rights officers, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was patrolling the area to help protect civilians and support those who had fled their homes when they noticed the young mother.
The team made the decision to bring Poni and her family to Juba to seek medical care. Today Irantzu Pinillos, UNMISS Human Rights Officer, and colleagues continue to support the family while they get back on their feet.