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Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women

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Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
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Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Give Hope to 300+ South Sudanese Refugee Women
Dec 2, 2019

Rose's Community of Women Move Us ...

As the construction of the vocational training center in Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement is nearly complete, we are reflecting on how this building will be a place not only for teaching, learning, and the embroidery and sewing that will provide income opportunity for the women and students of God with Us Women's Center, but for the preservation of a cultural tradition. Passed down from generation to generation from South Sudanese mothers, grandmothers, and aunties, the embroidered bedsheets known as milayas become the heart of home.

One Light Global Administrative Coordinator Kristin Kohler was recently inspired to write this poem, The Milaya Women, after a week of learning about Permaculture design through nature connection at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington. She said, "We learned how Permaculture is deeply intertwined with remembrance, ancestry, grief, and culture, and it made me immediately think of Rose and the Women of GWU in Bidi Bidi, and the importance of their beautiful milayas."  

The Milaya Women

Forced to leave their rooted place

But the guns cannot kill the threads of life still weaving their ancestral story

The DNA of place is in the water drank and stitch by stitch the story remains

The stitches grow in color and form and beauty by a hand that is of many hands before hers

This is home through flight from bullet and blood 

The red now becoming a form on fabric, sewn as offering, remembering, telling

New roots are forming

Patterns of sun and sky and textile are tracked by infant eyes on mother’s backs

Great-grandmother is here and has been always

Wrapped and sewn and remembered through ditches dug and weeping, laughter, song

She is theirs, and theirs to share and theirs to hold sacred 

*****

Milayas are used in weddings and funerals and are hung at church on Sundays. They push the story of home and family forward to future generations. Please support these women and help them to continue to preserve this cultural tradition by donating below!

As always,
with Gratitude and Light,

The One Light Family

*****

Image Credits: Sarah Hopkins, Bida Isaac, James Lado

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