They fled war, then saved others : Awut’s story
Awut is working hard to rebuild her life after fleeing terrible violence in South Sudan. (Photo: Achuoth Deng / Trócaire)
“The experience was horrible. We suffered with fierce hunger and thirst”
Awut recalls the painful trek to escape terrible violence in South Sudan.
“My children’s feet were swollen and we were weak with exhaustion. We were fleeing for our lives.”
At last they reached a safer place. The village of Malek, where the people welcomed them. The chief of the area did what he could for Awut and gave her family a small patch of land.
But this is a heartbreakingly poor village. The war has left people with almost nothing. People here have to be resourceful as sometimes there is only wild fruits and greens to rely on.
As a widow caring for her own children and the orphan children of family members, starting out all over again was tough. But the love and support she received from people in Malek helped her begin to rebuild her life.
When Awut saw Ajak, another mother fleeing the violence with her children, arrive into Malek, she knew this was her chance to show someone the love that had been shown to her.
Awut welcomed Ajak and her children – and stayed by their sides after Ajak’s husband died from a war injury.
The two mothers forged a friendship, and toil tirelessly to make sure their beloved families aren’t lost completely. They try to stay strong.
But times are hard. They often struggle to come by the basics, such as proper shelter, clean water and healthcare. They try to stay strong for their families and for each other, but life can often feel like an uphill battle.
Years of war have taken nearly everything from their families and it’s not just. Please help struggling families like Awut and Ajak’s to survive and thrive.