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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Marching

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    On holidays, especially Christmas and Easter, we would celebrate our salvation with marches, songs, and dances. Weeks before the event, we would prepare our special uniforms – black pants, white shirts, and red sashes with white crosses. We also made our wooden crosses that we carried. Some who had learned tailoring or carpentry in the camp stayed very busy helping out at this time. The boy in the front, in all white, is the leader of the march and the teacher of the songs and dances.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crossing the Gilo River

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    We were forced out of Ethiopia and had to cross the River Gilo back to Sudan. Enemy troops were closing in. The river had currents so strong that we could not safely cross. When we heard gunshots, we realized the troops were going to kill us all and that we had no choice but to jump in the river. Only half of us survived the gunshots, crocodiles, and strong currents. Crossing the Gilo was the longest moment of my life. When I got to the other side, I just ran.
  • 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.
  • Imperceptible Misery

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    This work continues to serve as a reminder to me about the struggle and misfortune of my fellow friends and brothers as a result of war. It embodies the over-shadowed and unseen suffering of the past and the passion I see in the eyes of friends and viewers today – as if they were with me during those days
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Journey of Hope #1

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    After we had already spent so many years running from the enemy, we were forced once more to run, this time to Kenya, where the enemy was not allowed. It was a three-day walk to the border. People had no shoes, and the road was very rocky. We walked non-stop. When I saw that sign welcoming us to Kenya I hoped we were finally safe.
  • Journey of Hope #3

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    When we ran away from the lion, we ran for a tree for safety. At some point, we realized that a tree was no longer our best option because leopards lived among the branches and elephants tore down big trees.
  • Journey of Hope #5

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    Although the mountain range appeared close, it actually took us more than a day to get there. We named the mountain, “Story Mountain (Jebel Gisa)” because we entertained each other with stories and songs along the way.
  • Lion Chase

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    During the journey, we encountered lions along the way that attacked us. When we saw a lion, we would come together in tight groups. We would yell, scream, and throw sticks to scare the lion away. If we did not have time to organize into groups, our only option was to run for the trees.
  • Shooting in Magoos

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    Thousands of us had just crossed the Kosingara desert, and we were finally close to Kenya. We had come so far and didn’t have the energy to look for a safe place to sleep, so we just lay down randomly in a dried-up riverbed to sleep. Sometime in the night government militia ambushed us while we slept out there in the open. They fired guns on us. Many were fallen.
  • Struggling with lion

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    During the journey, we encountered lions along the way that attacked us. When we saw a lion, we would come together in tight groups. We would yell, scream, and throw sticks to scare the lion away. If we did not have time to organize into groups, our only option was to run for the trees.
  • Surviving on Wild Plants

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    We did not have any food to eat because relief agencies were forbidden access to this area by the government of Sudan. We ate wild leaves, fruit, and roots – things we had not tried to eat before, just to sustain ourselves.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Unforgettable Moment

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    Civil war broke out in southern Sudan. Not only were soldiers firing guns, but there was bombing from MIGs, helicopters, and tanks. Everyone was running away from the village except for parents with small children and the elderly. People were dying all around. Even the animals fled the country because of the war.
  • 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.
  • 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