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South Sudan’s homeless haunted by the ghosts of Juba’s secret shantytown | Sam Mednick

Thousands of people in South Sudan’s capital live in a graveyard concealed behind a wall, their desperate plight unseen by agencies and ignored by officials

Shielding her eyes with one arm, the frail, 50-year-old Rose Juan glances at the tombstone outside her makeshift house. “I see ghosts in my dreams,” she says. For half a decade, the mother of five has been living among the dead. Time hasn’t eased the eeriness that engulfs her home.

Juan is one of thousands of homeless people in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. With nowhere to go, she has been forced to take up residence in the city’s graveyard. “Sometimes men, women and children greet me and ask: ‘Why are you living on top of us?’” said Juan of the ghosts that haunt her sleep.

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