A young Rwandan girl sits amongst hundreds gathered at a ceremony to await the arrival of a small flame of remembrance, symbolic fire traveling the country, and hear genocide memories in the capital Kigali, Rwanda on April 5, 2014. (Ben Curtis/AP)

A young Rwandan girl sits amongst hundreds gathered at a ceremony to await the arrival of a small flame of remembrance, symbolic fire traveling the country, and hear genocide memories in the capital Kigali, Rwanda on April 5, 2014. (Ben Curtis/AP)

One of the few to have a mosquito net, a displaced family who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, sit under it after waking up in the morning in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Jan. 2, 2014.
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One of the few to have a mosquito net, a displaced family who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, sit under it after waking up in the morning in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Jan. 2, 2014.

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Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Jan. 1, 2014. The International Red Cross said Wednesday that the road from Bor to the nearby Awerial area “is lined with thousands of people” waiting for boats so they could cross the Nile River and that the gathering of displaced is “is the largest single identified concentration of displaced people in the country so far”.
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Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Jan. 1, 2014. The International Red Cross said Wednesday that the road from Bor to the nearby Awerial area “is lined with thousands of people” waiting for boats so they could cross the Nile River and that the gathering of displaced is “is the largest single identified concentration of displaced people in the country so far”.

[Credit : Ben Curtis/AP]

Juba, South Sudan | December 29, 2013

A man named John sat and stared into the distance, a blank expression on his face. Stephen Nyak, a fellow Nuer who was seeking help for the man, approached an Associated Press journalist in hopes of getting assistance.

Nyak, relaying John’s story, said the man was caught in a group of Nuer early in the morning of Dec. 16, hours after the violence first erupted. Nearly all of the men in the group — said to number close to 300 — were shot and killed, though John survived. John says he survived the fusillade of bullets but was forced to drink the blood from a dead body near him, before the gunmen let him free, Nyak said. Whether the story was true, it was clear John was not well. Nyak said the men in the camp fear for their lives. To exit is to risk death, they say.

Some 25,000 people live in two hastily arranged camps for the internally displaced in Juba and nearly 40,000 are in camps elsewhere in the country, two weeks after violence broke out in the capital and a spiralling series of ethnically-based attacks coursed through the nation, killing at least 1,000 people. — Read More

Photos were taken by AP photographer Ben Curtis in a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting in the capital Juba.

Two-month-old orphaned baby elephant Ajabu is given a dust-bath in the red earth after being fed milk from a bottle by a keeper, as she is too young to do it herself, at an event to commemorate World Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya on June 5, 2013.
[Credit : Ben Curtis/AP]

Two-month-old orphaned baby elephant Ajabu is given a dust-bath in the red earth after being fed milk from a bottle by a keeper, as she is too young to do it herself, at an event to commemorate World Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya on June 5, 2013.

[Credit : Ben Curtis/AP]