Model Nykhor Paul was born in Sudan and soon fled to Ethiopia to escape the North-South conflict. She moved to the United States in 1998. In August 2014, Nykhor visited two camps in the Gambella region of Ethiopia where thousands of South Sudanese refugees have sought shelter from ongoing violence in the country.

Nykhor was reunited with her parents, who live in one of these camps, for the first time in 16 years.