So Much Yet to Do (Lost Girls, Part 10)

The purpose of sharing Yar’s story as a Lost Girl of Sudan wasn’t to make a good read. I wanted to help raise awareness of the suffering in South Sudan; to make a difference for the people in this neglected war-ravaged part of the world. The political, economic, and humanitarian problems in South Sudan are…

"The unexpected growth of my family brought me unanticipated strength."

Becoming a mother (Lost Girls, Part 9)

Yar and her brother lost all reason to believe their mother and sisters were alive, but they hung onto hope. Yar told her brother folk tales of their country, not just to pass the time, but because they were stories of hope. Then just when Yar received news of her mother’s whereabouts, it was quickly…

Finding a Place (Lost Girls, Pt. 7)

When Yar read a posting in the Katuma Refugee Camp about Sudanese refugees being admitted to the United States, she jumped at the opportunity to change her circumstances. She applied for and was granted a visa to enter the United States. Not long thereafter, Yar and her brother were placed with a foster family in…

A Huge Thank You

In less than a week, YOU raised $5,000 and with gift matching we have a total of $10,000. This time last week, I didn’t know if our plan would come together to raise $10,000 to rescue women and children from the fighting in South Sudan. Your generosity has blown my socks off. Last week I…

Help us raise funds to get Yar's family to safety.

A Bold Plea for Help

I have been sharing the bold story of Yar for a number of weeks. Now, it’s time to give you some background into how this came about and also share an opportunity for you to give a chance to women and children like Yar. I met Yar by accident, although with God there are no…

How does an 8-year-old prepare to leave her homeland?

Departure Day (Lost Girls, Pt. 6)

It has been a tough two weeks since the last installment of Yar’s story. Violence and fighting has escalated in current-day South Sudan. The country is in a dire situation. People are starving and being slaughtered by their neighbors. Yar’s fear is that this tribal war will turn her country into another Rwanda. She also…

Lost Girls: Silent and Suffering - Even in the short-lived peace, life in camp was more survival than living.

Surviving Camp (Lost Girls, Pt. 5)

So far, Yar journeyed hundreds of miles by foot to Ethiopia, back to Sudan, and then into Kenya, where she settled with thousands of other Sudanese in Kakuma refugee camp. For the first time in years, she received food, although only in scant quantities, on a regular basis. She slept with a ‘roof’ over her…