Documentary: She's Still Here

Abeny and three of her daughters. In the photo (left to right) Nyel, Abeny, Yom & Naomi.   Photo: Alisa Siegel

Abeny and three of her daughters. In the photo (left to right) Nyel, Abeny, Yom & Naomi. Photo: Alisa Siegel

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Abeny Kuol knows about danger.

As a very young mother, desperate to flee the fighting around her, she carried three small daughters - in her arms - on her back - first across Sudan, then through Ethiopia to Kenya.

Thousands of miles, over many months. From refugee camp to refugee camp, with people dying all around her.  In 1999 - in something of a miracle - she and her girls made it to Canada. They have lived in London, Ontario ever since. But they don't forget where they've come from.

Two weeks ago, Abeny Kuol's bags were packed, ready for a journey back to South Sudan.

South Sudan is a new country, the world's youngest. Born in hope, it is now a dangerous place, engulfed by a new civil war - an ethnic conflict laced with political power plays.  Thousands have been killed.  Tens of thousands are again refugees.

This is not the first time Abeny has returned to her homeland.  She works with mothers, with schools, with orphans. This time she is headed there with Canadian Aid for South Sudan.

And, once again, three of her daughters - Nyel, 23, Yom, 19 and Naomi, 14 - will have to fend for themselves. It's not easy. But this is a family that is used to "not easy"

Alisa Siegel's documentary is called, She's Still Here.
  

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