Osama | Sudan – photo essay –

Khadija’s smile

It is a very painful thing to leave your birth country and your loved ones when you have so many beautiful memories with them. Being displaced means that you have to start a new life, to search for new people to adapt with and certainly to find a new job. In Sudan there are more than a million refugees, mainly from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad and Syria.

Khadija is a Chadian displaced woman from the Barnu tribe. She has three children: Soma, Mojahid, and Shams. Last year she lost her child Ahmed. Ahmed was a 10 year old boy in the 4th grade. Sadly, he was neglected by a hospital in Khartoum, which led eventually to his death. She works as a house cleaner. She cleans the floors, washes and irons clothes, and she is payed less than $65 per month. Clearly this amount of money is not nearly enough to feed her and her children, therefore Soma was forced to leave school and begin working to earn money to support her family. Khadija’s husband, Dawood, is a 75 year old disabled man. Though he is unable to support his family fiscally, he sometimes guards houses. Despite their circumstances, they adopted Mojahid when he was a baby. Now, Mojahid is a joyful, 11 year old boy in the 5th grade. The story does not end here, Khadiija’s three nieces as well as her one nephew stay with her. Their ages range from 9 to 13, and they also work in order to support their families. This family has been through a lot, but at the end of the day Khadija and her family always exude a very wide smile.

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