"Even if we are going to die here, it is better to work hard and get our own food."
Thirty-year-old Amereran was in her early twenties when the Janjaweed first attacked. Reflecting on that horrific day, she shares, “When the Janjaweed came they killed people and took our goods. They put fire on our houses. It was so bad that we had to leave.”
Amereran has lost nine of her family members to the Janjaweed.
Eventually they made their way to Gassire IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp in Goz Beida (a full day’s journey away), where they remained for the past 10 years.
Though the camp provides its residents with safety, clean water, and education, it allows no space for personal farming; in other words, the IDPs cannot grow food for themselves. Their lives in the camp are not self-sustaining.
According to Amereran, “In Gassire, the life was very hard.” Without personal land for cultivation or food distributions, Amereran and the other the IDPs remaining in Gassire faced a threatening food shortage.
Though she knew that to return with her family of seven was to face certain insecurities, Amereran longed to be in her homeland, “Even if we are going to die here, it is better to work hard and get our own food.”
The people of Tessou are capable. They are strong, skilled individuals who, given the proper resources, will rebuild their village in a heartbeat.
This is evident in Amereran’s confident words, “Now I am feeling very happy to stay in my own place. I get to work to get food for my family. In Tessou we are living in peace and life is better.”
Your partnership with World Concern’s One Village Transformed project will help ensure Amereran’s family has clean water, enough food, and hope for the future.