I belong to the desert

By Nyachut Nek

Author:Nyachut Nek


In the view of a dry lonely land, that is located in Turkana county ”Turkana west”. I wake up feeling sanctified with the dew of the sun hitting my windows in the same hatched house. I look outside to the land that is burning, guess what the land is the desert that melts me like scalding sun,But how can I complain, while it is a blessing to be Melted in the fiery sun, which makes me feel like a penguin, who is in its nest.

I was born in a place full of green vegetables. My home land, a land of vegetables. When I was young, I never liked other foods apart from greens like Murere and okra. Among the best loved and most commonly eaten ingredients in South Sudan are peanuts, rice, fava beans, maize or sorghum porridge, okra, meat and sesame. A range of spices are used but the most popular is probably cumin. My mother didn’t realize what I love the most. Because she loves pumpkin, she usually cooks it throughout most of the time.

The worst part is that she never knew how I felt about pumpkin. I really hate it, I was in love with kisira (a popular break in Sudan) and okra. They have been my favorite food since my childhood. Without forgetting, Ful medames (fava beans dish) Ful medames is known as the national dish of south Sudan. It is a delicious fava bean dish usually served with boiled eggs and bread and is typically eaten for breakfast. South Sudan is indeed a rich source of food. According to the research, Sudanese cuisine consists of a generous share of stews and gravies, often eaten by hand, fresh and cooked salads, dips, lime, peanut, rice dishes, sweet and savory pastries, unique breads, and decadent desserts. In line with other Muslim-majority countries, lamb and chicken are the preferred meats. And this makes them to similar to the most Muslim countries. My love for the food gets out of mind, I was stranded in a lonely place where eating green leftover meat was a miracle. But I find one thing interesting in this lonely place. Well as the saying goes early bird catches the warmths, I am that early bird , coming to Kakuma Refugee Camp was one of my best choices I have even made.

The lonely place is Kakuma Refugees Camp, a home that brings me glee, a home that helps me to interact with different diversities.
My dreams were left stranded but fully filled in this desert,A home that is hard and tough. But things become different, It is becoming more pretty than I ever thought of, In, you see different people moving in different directions to earn a living. Struggling was indeed hard, but jubilation at the end. Indeed, it is a home of champions, a glorious home, a homefull of people with determination. But the question is how do people see this hearthstone?

Temporary facilities were built to provide immediate protection, assistance to people who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, or violence. A land with people with no missions and visions.
There is now much evidence that safety zones are not good for anyone.
But negativity ruins goals!

No one freely chooses to move into a safety zone. Everyone can get out of them as quickly as possible.Hence more stateless people living standard lives ,My worries get me going and my strength makes me stronger and I must say I am blessed to be a stateless person, that lights my way to success.

14 November, 2022