• Along the Ajakageer

    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.
  • Baboon painted on a smooth rock.
  • Baby Deer painted on a smooth rock.
  • Bible study

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Elephant with her baby painted on a smooth rock.
  • Giraffe painted on a smooth rock.
  • Golden lion monkey painted on a smooth rock.