The South Sudanese civil war has plagued the region since 2013. Almost as soon as the school opened, trouble in the area came to a boiling point. Soldiers moved in, buildings in the area went up in flames, the people of Wau Shilluk were forced to flee. “I remember the shooting started at 4 pm. Heavy shelling, then the infantry came. We had to flee; the soldiers were coming. The school was in perfect condition when I left.” As one of the only buildings that didn’t burn down at once, the school was occupied then later demolished by soldiers.
Where the once-great school stood, there is now nothing but wooden stumps, marking what was lost in the conflict. Sunday, 15, a student from Ogweni was one of the people who had to flee "home we had a garden and fish from the river, but we had to leave everything because of guns. To go back, we need peace."