Aliab Rural Development Agency (South Sudan)

Meet Atong: former child bride, survivor of violence, and tenacious leader of an organization for women and girls. South Sudan is the world’s youngest country, but its youth are forced to grow up fast. More than 19,000 children have been recruited as child soldiers during the bloody civil war. The girls among them are all but invisible. Atong’s battle is one for visibility, justice, and hope. Her organization works with hundreds of women and girls to bring back childhood to South Sudan.