Refugee Story 2

In 1979 a young boy named Jackson was born in South Sudan, he was luckily born when it was most peaceful in Sudan, but there was still danger. When Jackson was four years old, war broke came again in Sudan. People went around searching for those who rebelled and murdered them. Many innocent people were killed because they were thought to be rebellious. Jacksons father, brother, and uncle were all killed in these raids. Now, Jackson, his mother, and his two sisters were left alone without a father to protect them and support them from Militias. They came a few weeks later to take the rest of the family. They were shoved into cars and trucks and blindfolded. They were sold as slaves in Sudan and the entire family was separated without any means of contact to each other. Jackson worked for an old man on a farm who was Muslim and lived in North Sudan. Jackson grew up with this man who would beat him and force him to work without pay.

By the time he was 9 years old he knew the only way he would be free was if he escaped from the mans house. He usually slept with the animals outside and one night when the man was sick and unable to catch him, he took a horse and quietly left the property at 3:00 am. He found a real job to tend cattle with a nice family who payed him and allowed him to stay at their house until he could find one of his own. five years later, Jackson was living by himself in a small house back in South Sudan with no contact from his mother or sisters. He put himself back into education with the money he had made from tending the cattle and as soon as he got out of school each day he would go to work once again.

He thought he was safe until they came back, raided his house, and took him and his four roommates. They were tortured to try to make them tell who was a rebel. They were taken into tiny prison cells and two of them died on the fifth day of torture. They kept beating them until Jackson was the only one left. Jackson escaped and found refuge with USCIS and lived in America for the remainder of his college years.

The UNCIS helped him find his mother and one of his sisters (the other one had passed away). And they made sure it was safe for him to go back to Sudan before taking any actions. He moved back to Sudan in 2006 with his mother and sister and worked to support them. His mother was frail but over time, with Jacksons help and the help of the USCIS, their family went back to as normal as possible.

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