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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.
  • 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.
  • When we arrived at Panyidou Refugee amp 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.
  • 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.
  • Dinka Dance

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    South Sudan is a diverse community with a number of cultures that have not yet been explored and shared with the rest of the world.  A big part of the culture, norms, and values have been lost during the decades of war.  Today, a lot of memories are brought back to life through artwork and storytelling. Dinka men and women dress in unique corsets made of beads along with many other ornaments are worn at particular dancing events and special ceremonies.  Different kinds of corsets are used to show the age set or exhibit values of a rich family.
  • 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
  • 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.