Eleven-year-old Mariam was too young to remember the attacks on her village during the Darfur war. But she has heard from her father, the chief of Amkrereribe, that it was a horrific experience. Armed men on horseback, called Janjaweed, stormed into the village, setting homes on fire and shooting innocent people.
“I heard they killed people and stole all our cows and goats,” she said. “My father’s cousin died.”
Mariam’s family and others from Amkrereribe fled to Gassire, a camp for families displaced by the violence. After living in the camp for several years, they have returned to their village to rebuild their lives from scratch.
Each day, Mariam travels by foot or donkey for an hour to the nearest wadi (a shallow water source) to gather water for her 10 siblings and her parents.
“The water here is dirty. Cows drink from it too,” said Mariam. “Many people have been sick from the water. I have had stomach pains and have been sick myself from the water.”
None of the children in Amkrereribe go to school because there isn’t a school anywhere nearby. Mariam says she learned to read and write a little bit when she was living in Gassire, but now she’s forgotten these skills.
“I would like to go to school,” she said.
Mariam and her siblings eat one meal per day, but she admits, she’s hungry most of the time. The millet (grain) they had stored up is gone now, and farming families like hers have no resources to plant new crops.
By partnering with One Village Transformed in Amkrereribe, you’ll help change all of this. Clean water, education, and sustainable farming are all part of the plan for this village. Join World Concern and witness the transformation in Mariam’s village.