Gallery

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 #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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.