This Is Our Life

This Is Our Life

Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on LittleRipples.org by Gabriel Stauring. So many mixed feelings. It’s a joy to see old friends, and I feel happy that we’re able to come out here and work next to the refugee community on projects that I...
Joy and Sorrow, Hand in Hand

Joy and Sorrow, Hand in Hand

I’ve know Umda Tarbosh for over three years. Every time I come to visit camp Goz Amer, I spend more time with him than with anyone else. I learn so much from him! He’s a wonderful, compassionate man that has a smile that makes you feel happy deep inside....
A Land of Extremes

A Land of Extremes

I called my friend Umda as soon as I could, after arriving in N’Djamena, Chad. It’s my 15th trip, and it is always bittersweet to come here. Umda (a refugee leader) sounded so happy on the phone, thanking me for coming back to see him and everyone in his...
A Dream Home

A Dream Home

My dream i-ACT Expedition has always been to come to Eastern Chad, to these refugee camps, and help the refugees pack and go back to a peaceful home, Darfur.  In my nightmares, I never thought I would be here for my 10th Expedition, with no packing day in sight....
Returning

Returning

Today I met Mia Farrow — not the actress, the refugee Mia Farrow. She can’t be more than four years old. Her older sister, another beautiful girl just as Mia, is Susan — yes, like Susan Rice. They are both daughters of one of the camp’s Umbdas,...