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  • This work reveals my long journey from Africa to the United States.  When I was six-years-old, I was separated from my family and became an unaccompanied minor, spending 14 years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before I made my new home in Nashville, Tennessee, prior to relocating to Columbus, Ohio in 2006.  It reflects the hardship I endured in the past and the hope for a better tomorrow.  Even more important, it also symbolizes the devotion of friends and colleagues, who assist Lost Boys in their changing lives in the diaspora and back home.
  • Bible study

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    During the journey, we did not have a building or any holy place to worship our Lord but under the tree service was the only best option. We study bible, prayed and praised the Lord there. Jesus was the only way we had day and night.
  • Classroom Under the Trees

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    Education was a priority, and it kept our minds occupied. We learned English, math, and Kiswahili under those trees. Our teachers tried to help us rise above our situation so that someday we may return to Sudan as educated leaders.
  • Two Worlds Together

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    Civilians of South Sudan are facing serious challenges due to the long war and its slow recovery. It is my great hope that one step at a time will bring a positive change to more than one generation. This painting portrays the outstanding work of the people of Columbus and the rest of the Buckeye State – those who raise their hands to offer services and financial support, give of their time, thoughts and prayers, and so much more, in order to impact the lives of vulnerable people in Piol village. Columbus is making a difference.
  • Construction in Ethiopia

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    When we arrived at Panyidou Refugee camp in Ethiopia there were no buildings. We had to come together as groups to build shelters and to gather food. Some went to the forest to cut long and short poles for building houses. Others were given the duty to cut grass or to cook. Once we built the living shelters, we built a school. It took many people to carry one pole and take many poles to build the house.
  • The Last Memory

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    My last memory is of my beautiful Dinka yard. I was in the yard with my cattle when war broke out in my village. When I heard the sounds of bombs and gunfire, I fled and never saw my family or my home again.
  • Along the Ajakageer

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    This boy is exhausted and could not make his way across the desert.  The long walk through desert terrain, the lack of food and water, and the heaviness of our sorrows made it difficult to continue. We tried our best to carry those who couldn’t walk any further.
  • Tiang Antelope

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    The impact of the longest civil war between North and South Sudan, not only ended 2.5 million lives, but also greatly affected wildlife as well. Most of the animals had faced threats due to the mass killing and hearing the endless gunfire. Many escaped to neighboring countries for safety. The Tiang antelope is one- of-a-kind animal that inhabited the Piol area for a long time, but was rarely seen during the war. I was more that delighted during my last visit to Piol when I witnessed the migration of this antelope back to the area. Their presence signifies the peace and stability in the territory
  • Zebras

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    I saw many wild animals along the way during my journey, including predators and many other animals. Zebras most often came to my attention as my favorite animal because of their peaceful nature. Their attractive appearance, with their beautiful stripes, added to the landscape
  • Dinka Cow Scenery

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    Cows play a role in Dinka culture and lifestyle. Wealth is measured with cows. One hundred or more head of cows are provided to a bride’s family as a dowry. Children are named after a special cow that was used to pay for the marriage agreement of their parents. Young men compose songs about their favorite bull in order to win girls and earn prestige in their community.
  • In Memory of Congressman

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    George Thomas Mickey Leland (November 27, 1944 – August 7, 1989) was an anti-property activist who becomes a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1989, Leland died in a plane crashed in Gambela, Ethiopia during the mission to Panyindo Refuge Camp. This painting was done in memory of Congressman Leland as I was one of the thousands lost boys of Sudan waiting for his arrival at Panyindo Refugee camp when we received word his plane had crashed.
  • Welcome to Modern World

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    I saw a computer for the first time when I came to America. It was then that I learned that most people know something about the world through the internet. I thought of my family and friends back in Sudan who don’t know that the rest of the world is connected like this. It gave me new hope that people could learn about the crisis in my country. I dream that today’s technology will help free southern Sudan.