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The family is in a condition consistent with those who are searching for shelter while seeking escape from persecution. Similar to those who escaped from concentration camps or who flee regimes of those who abuse power, the family is overjoyed to see the camp, but is in a fairly wretched state. The experience of both leaving Mozambique's political instability and the difficulty of the journey result in their condition of being extremely worn down on both physical and emotional levels. The loss of family members, like the grandfather, along the journey as well as the lack of food and shelter throughout the trek across Kruger Park has taken a toll on the girl and her family. Being able to situate themselves in the refugee camp and start a new life carries with it both hope for the future, as well as an endless shadow of what was endured to get to this particular point in time.
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