For South Sudanese Refugees, Bedsheets Are a Reminder of Home and Hope

South Sudan, which became the world’s newest country in 2011, has been engaged in a civil war over the last few years as a result of opposing power conflicts between leaders. Over a million refugees have migrated across the border into Uganda, where they’re allowed to work, farm, and go to school, making Bidibidi one of the world’s largest refugee settlements. For many refugees, the milayas (bedsheets) are the only thing left from home—and a means to make a living. Women who learned how to make these beautiful ornate sewings in bedsheets, are now teaching young girls and started a collective for women to sew and sell milayas.


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