The story of Lost Girls has been overlooked and the horrors of their plight ignored.
I am proud to be sharing in installments the bold journey of my friend, Yar Ayuel.
Yar’s story is overwhelming but it is full of strength and will give you a reason to hope.
When I was just seven years old, the Sudanese government launch an attacked on my village and I witnessed the murder and torture of countless numbers of people. By twelve, I experienced such extreme starvation that I ate mud and drank urine in order to stay alive. I avoided lion and crocodile attacks, dodged enemy fire, and endured weeks of rain and months of drought. To say that odds were not in my favor is an understatement.
Yar wants to do more than tell her unique life story and harrowing experience as a young girl traumatized in war-torn Southern Sudan: “I want to give a voice to the refugee experience of Sudanese girls today. Sudan is rarely in the news yet the crisis is ongoing and rendering more and more children ‘lost’—orphaned due to war atrocities.”
Yar’s story illuminates the need to reach out to female refugees in South Sudan, and throughout the world, as they are a vulnerable population.
Will you join me on her brave journey from the turmoil of Sudan to the safety of America? .
Yar’s Story Part 1: It should have been a special day
Yar’s Story Part 2: A guardian angel
Yar’s Story Part 3: Walking with Daddy (Baba)
Yar’s Story Part 4: Becoming Lost
Yar’s Story Part 5: Surviving Camp
Yar’s Story Part 6: Departure Day
Yar’s Story Part 7: Finding A Place
Yar’s Story Part 8: Getting an American Education
Yar’s Story Part 9: Becoming a Mother
**Photo credit: South Sudan, the Beautiful Facebook page