Susan Monday has spent much of her life as a refugee. As a young girl, at the age of 5, she fled the brutal civil war in Sudan and settled in Rhino Camp in the Arua district of Uganda with her family. Life at the camp was not easy.
“My father was later killed at the camp due to local conflicts within South Sudanese. Rebuilding our lives with my sisters was again very difficult. Life was full of trauma.”
She was able to receive an education and eventually qualified as a teacher of English, Maths and Science. When independence came to South Sudan in July 2011, she moved back home, married and became a primary school teacher.
Sadly South Sudan’s newfound peace did not last long. In December 2013 fighting broke out between political groups and quickly spread across the country leading to much loss of life and devastation. The conflict intensified around South Sudan’s 5th independence day, in July 2016 and this drove Susan and her family of 5 children to flee once again. Her home town of Yei was destroyed.
“I had 9,000ssp (150USD), this is what I used to hire transport for my children to Nimule one of the towns at the borders of South Sudan and Uganda. At Nimule we proceeded to Uganda, I was cleared by the Ugandan Government to be resettled at Rhino Camp, the same place I grew up. Because of all the trauma I went through with my family, I requested if they could resettle me elsewhere. I was told about the Kiryandongo Settlement. The only challenge was that no one was willing to pay transport for us to reach here. I had to sell all my house items to be able to reach here at Kiryandongo resettlement.”
Once in Kiryandongo Susan was given building materials by UNHCR and was able to build a house for her children.
“My next challenge was how to feed my children with only 12kg of Maize for a whole month – which was the allocation of 7 members of a family. I prayed to God to lead me and that’s how I was picked to be trained and acquired land to start farming.”
Susan saw it as an answer to prayer when she was selected as one of 50 farmers, to take part in AID’s pilot agriculture project. Along with the other participants, she went along to Foundations for Farming (FfF) training, given by Pastor Thomas Lubari of Life Gospel Ministries (LGM), before being provided with necessary tools and seeds for planting. The FfF method not only teaches participants how produce good crops but also trains them to be good stewards of all God has provided and shares the hope of the gospel. The project has so far seen very encouraging results and a further 50 were able to begin training and planting 6 months after Susan. She says,
“I can now smile and sleep well, I have hope that I can now provide for my family.”
Most refugees arrive at settlements in search of everything: food, shelter, clothing and God. Their lives are usually torn apart and full of trauma. Please pray for AID and LGM as they try to meet these needs and pray that the project could expand to help many, many more.