one of the southern Sudanese young men who suffered for decades. We
were brought to the United States of America to establish our life.
I settled in Chicago, Illinois. I was born in southern Sudan and left
my country in 1987. I walked toward the east where I met some of my
friends, and we walked to Ethiopia then to Kenya, by bare foot -- I
covered my feet with torn clothes because my feet cracked.
is no good war, and no small journey...
I lost everything I had during the war in Sudan between the Islamic
government in the north and the Christians and animists in the south;
I lost my parents, friends, homeland and its beautiful resources. We
have seen the world community relaxing about it.
journey of a thousand miles begins with one step...
The first time I took a single step from my country to Ethiopia and
from there to Kenya was begun with a single mile. It reached a thousand
miles, and I think it reached a million miles when I arrived in the
empty stomach and a broken heart...
I began to feel broken-hearted when I lost my lovely parents and country
and felt my stomach empty and rumbling at the same time -- it was the
worst thing to have happen at the same time. Some people believe that
an empty stomach is worse than a broken heart, but I never think so
-- I do think that the worse thing is to have them both at the same
time. And I think that the broken heart is worse than the empty stomach
because you can fill your empty stomach and forget those days of starvation,
but the broken heart will never leave you because there is no way you
can bring back those who lost their life and everything that you lost.
life is all about...
Life is about hope and determination and these are the only investments
that will never fail. I smile, and make the whole world wonder why I
smile and not cry. I know only God can save me and lift me out of this
miserable life, but tears cannot help me, they only make it worse. Second,
I believe that life is not a journey, it's a destination -- if you invest
your life in hope and have a good heart, kindness, respect and determination,
you will reach your destination. My
investment has led me to achieve my High School diploma and vocational
training, and this is another step toward the thousand miles of my life
time and journey to my accomplishment of different things in the future.
Hope and determination are the only investments that will never fail.
world is for those who dare and do...
And that is why I
smile and not cry. I thank God in the morning when I wake up and see
sunshine again, and at night again when I go to bed to sleep in peace.