Angels in Swollen Crises: Stepmother
In November of 1991, with the Nile in flood, a breakaway faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) led by Riek Machar killed approximately 2,000 Dinka civilians in the southern Sudanese state of Jonglei in what would become known as the Upper Nile Dinka Massacre—as part of his power struggle with SPLA leader John Garang, Machar looked to exploit ethnic rivalries between the Nuer and the Dinka peoples.
This is the horrifying maelstrom that swept up and displaced Chelow and his extended family and would, nine years later, land him in a Kenyan refugee camp south of Lokichogio. Chelow was a young boy at the time, young enough not to have been conscripted as a child soldier by the SPLA, which routinely took children as young as 13. Of course, this brutal massacre was but one act in a much longer play, namely the Second Sudanese Civil War which raged between the SPLA and the Sudanese government, which in 1991, was represented by the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation (RCC) under General (and President) Omar al-Bashir.
The Second Sudanese Civil War was one of the longest civil conflicts on record, lasting 22 years from 1983 to 2005. Angels in Swollen Crises is a compelling nine-year thread (1991–2000) woven through the tattered fabric of bloody events that blanketed the region like a shroud. It is a story of unbelievable hardship and dislocation, following its narrator from childhood to young adulthood.
Angels in Swollen Crises is an incredible read and made me further conscious of the world that we live in and further appreciate the world that I, myself live in! Being the same age as Chol and to know that we have lived parallel lives on the same planet is unfathomable to me.
Chol tells his story with an unapologetic honesty. That he has written a book - and in English - is a massive feat but that he survived the journey with a sense of humour and good nature intact impossible. Not an easy read but one very worthwhile. Good luck to you Chol! - Lauren Aneeka Joe
Congratulations on having achieved one of your dreams that you ever set to by pulling out all the stops and give it one's all. It's a way bitter and worth remembered journey travel with a solid purpose to land you this wonderful goal for which people praise and say thank you for great work done!
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