Have you ever had that feeling of being trapped by life? Being in a situation and it seems like no place to go? For most of my life I have always had this feeling of being trapped. I could be in a room full of people, in a conversation, a job, a city, or whatever it may be. This overwhelming feeling of being stuck in life without any options overcomes me. During such times, it’s difficult to see a vision for myself, or ways out of complicated situations. I know this feeling is all in my head.

Right now, however, for millions of Darfuri refugees (and internally displaced) there is a reality of being trapped, being held in an open prison. These Darfuri refugees live in camps with no walls, yet most are powerless to leave. As one camp teacher described it today, it is an open prison.

Most people have no ability to leave and have been in these camps, a few square kilometers, for eight years. Those who can leave, do so by risking their lives as they head back into Darfur.

Another major problem described by the teacher today, was the fact when the kids finish secondary school, they have no place to go. The local government does not recognize their high school degree, nor can they return back to Darfur. They are forever held in an open prison with very few options. They can work farming for three months a year and that is about it. It’s no wonder why so many ask at a young age, ‘what’s the point to secondary school?’

It’s a honor to be out here working with the partners we have on these school programs. Along with Darfur Dream Team, we are working on solutions and we appreciate all of your support. Thank you.

Miah

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