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Sudan: ‘I dream of a brighter future for my country’

Sudan: ‘I dream of a brighter future for my country’

Venus Gorashe, 22, has been involved in editing films of her home country of Sudan for the ‘Our Africa’ project. She is currently living in Cambridge after leaving the Al-droushab area of Khartoum three years ago.

Venus is featured in this video talking about the current situation in Sudan: http://www.our-africa.org/sudan/sudan-divided and below talks about the effect the video project has had on her:

“I felt very nostalgic when I started watching the videos made by the children from SOS Children’s Villages Sudan. They brought back many sweet memories: memories of my childhood; my baby brother; our family house surrounded by Neem trees; my neighbourhood’s bare-footed children and my grandmother’s stories.

I was reminded of a song by a Sudanese band (Igd algalad) as I watched the videos:

الناس في بلدي يصنعون الحب"
People in my homeland create love
كلامهم انغام.. ولغوهم بسام
Their words are melodies.. And their chatter full of joy
وحين يتقابلون ينطقون بالسلام
When they meet they start with greetings (peace)
عليكم السلام سلام عليكم
Peace be upon you. (As-Salamu Alaykum)

Sudan Our Africa video imageWatching those children made me open another hope window in my heart that had been closed because of all the cruelty and violation of human rights that have been committed in Sudan. I kept thinking that no child should be homeless, starve or die. Children and young people are the most precious natural resource of our world. I believe that the younger generations need to be empowered and encouraged to reach their full potential and to live in contentment and happiness.

The children in the videos with their smiles, curiosity, innocence and happiness in spite of their difficult circumstances reassure me that Sudan’s harsh reality will change to a better and brighter future. Seeing the children trying their best to learn and use the equipment with confidence made me feel very proud of them and I feel like I know all of them already!

Sudan has been going through tough and complicated times since independence: from suppressive dictatorships, wars and famines to the recent secession of the South. The South’s independence was an overwhelming event that I, and many young people from the north, kept denying. Between the joy of seeing how proud and free-spirited the South Sudanese were on independence day, and how many possibilities lie in front of them, to the sorrow of seeing friends leaving the country – what is clear is that a new era has started for both countries.

I hope from the bottom of my heart that the new born country will be different from ours - a country where all citizens enjoy their full rights, a country where the children find education and healthcare, a country without corruption or favouritism, a country where all its citizens are equal without discrimination, simply a peaceful country.

Sudan in my mind is still the big diverse country. As I said in the video, I just consider that part of my country got its freedom, and hopefully all the country will be freed from injustice, sorrow and wars in the future, and maybe, just maybe, the whole country will be reunited at some point and all Sudanese will live in harmony and peace.

Although it seems quite a dark and pessimistic time now in Sudan, I have no doubt that it is going to change. I believe that there will be a generation of Sudanese young men and women who will be able to restore peace and put our bleeding country on track. It just needs hope, compassion and hard work."

Please note the comments expressed in this blog do not necessarily represent those of SOS Children.

'Our Africa'

‘Our Africa’ is an ambitious project which sets out to let children across Africa film their lives the way they see them. Our teams have been travelling throughout Africa to capture children’s thoughts, opinions and ideas to present a new perspective on Africa through their own eyes.

In ‘Our Africa’, you can see children talk about what matters most to them – from games they play; to aspirations they have for jobs; to how they would like things changed fundamentally in their societies.