Women Caught in the Crossfire documents the experiences of one woman among many who were thrust into the hardships of civil war in South Sudan during the violent struggle for independence from 1983 to 2011. It explores the question: What becomes of a peace-loving person when placed in the worst circumstances imaginable? As refugees in Ethiopia, Abuk Makuac and her young son are plunged without warning into hunger and homelessness. She must fight daily to feed her son, gives birth in exile, and tries to keep alive hope where there is none. Abuk finds solace in community with other women and emerges with her goodness intact, but not without paying a heavy price. This book invites us to witness the power of female resilience, not only in one life but also in the life of a nation.
"We are women. Our work has always stretched beyond the lines of sunrise and sunset. Do not think us weak because we do not fight by killing. We fight by giving birth to life, we feed our young from our own bodies, we raise up new life from our own ashes. For this, one must be stronger than death itself. We are such women. We are not victims, but proud bearers of the wisdom of generations, we are every country's lifeline of hope for the future."
- ABUK JERVAS MAKUAC
About the Author
ABUK JERVAS MAKUAC was forced to ﬂee her homeland of South Sudan when civil war ignited in 1983. Women Caught in the Crossﬁre traces her perilous ﬂight with her husband and children, surviving in an overcrowded refugee camp in Ethiopia, living in hiding in Kenya, and eventually resettling in the United States.
SUSAN LYNN CLARK is a licensed psychotherapist working in a clinic for underserved populations in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Clark has worked with immigrants and refugees in the US since 1984, teaching language and survival skills and helping with access to higher education.
Tragic, and at the same time inspirational, Abuk's account of life behind the battlefront powerfully reveals the struggles that seldom make the news. As the fighting rages, women unite to keep each other, their families, and strangers alive. This harrowing account is told with courageous honesty that is vital to the understanding of the impact of war on innocents. Judy A Bernstein, author of Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights.
Abuk survived an arranged marriage, a war, and isolation in a remote refugee camp where every day was a battle just to live. Her beautifully written account reveals life behind the frontline struggles of women and children to survive, and the power of women uniting. A timeless and riveting read. Judy A Bernstein, author of Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights.