By Alek Wek
Alek Wek has been the face of advert campaigns for corporations starting from trainer to Michael Kors to Nars and has labored the runways on behalf of designers similar to Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Dior. but her defining moments expand past the runways of latest York, Milan, Paris, and London. Born to a middle-class kinfolk within the Sudan, Wek came across her lifestyles without warning inverted whilst civil struggle broke out between outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated govt, and southern rebels. The clash not just killed million humans, it created a complete group of refugees, together with Wek's family—many of whom fled to London. here's Wek's terrific, bold tale of emerging from refugee to foreign stick insect.
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We found a little pond and brought back some water. My mother cooked the greens up into a stew, seasoned with a little salt, and cooked some grain to go with it. She boiled the water for us to drink. We gathered on the ground around our feast and ate it with our ﬁngers from the three ﬂowered enamel plates my mother had brought with us. Those plates made the meals so much nicer. It’s amazing 51 what a small amount of civility will do for you when you’re in a hard situation. We were so hungry this food tasted as good as any meal I’d ever had, though the food was ﬁnished pretty quickly—there was only just enough to go around.
We ’d hear the trucks, hear their ammo 31 going off at night as they chased down militia or ﬁred weapons at random around the town. One morning I was walking to school when a convoy of trucks started moving into the center of town. I stood next to a tree and watched the procession pass. It was a long line of them, grinding into town, like nothing that we ’d seen so far in the war. The government was really gearing up for something. It made me think that maybe these rebels were more threatening than I thought.
One afternoon, the radio announcer said, matter-of-factly, that everyone in Wau should stay in their houses because a rebel offensive was just beginning. The rebels wanted to take control of the Alek town and its airport. Since they were mostly Dinka, it was quite confusing; we didn’t know which side to trust—our government or our people? My father’s view was more along the lines of “Dinka or not Dinka, they could easily kill you. ” He didn’t trust any of them. The sound of Kalashnikovs peppered most nights and I never got used to it; I could never sleep through it.