(Equal Times) – Peter Taban is, paradoxically, privileged. The 14 year old lives with his mother and five younger siblings in a mud and straw tukul near the border with Uganda. Peter’s father was a soldier. He died in the war of independence. His mother, Teresa, spends her days gathering wood, wild fruits, going to the well for water and doing everything she can to make their limited grain reserves go further. This year, the drought has left them with no harvest. With roads cut off by the war, very little food reaches their village, Chahari, in the province of Eastern Equatoria, in the south of the country. Peter and his family eat once a day, if they are lucky.