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FOUR years ago, Gift was forced to flee war in his homeland of South Sudan.

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His father was killed in the fighting and he lost contact with his mother. Now aged 15, Gift lives with his uncle in a refugee settlement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He taught himself French so that he could go to school (French is the official language) and was soon top of his class. He even designed his own torch, made out of spare parts from a broken solar lamp, so he could study at night when the electricit­y in his settlement goes off.

Gift knows he is lucky: 92% of secondary-age refugee children from South Sudan do not go to school. “The war makes a lot of people suffer – I had to quit school because of the war,” he told the UNHCR. “When I found out I was going back, it made me happy. There should be a way for everyone to study.”

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