Posts by Adam:
I hope you and your beautiful family are well. By “well” I mean much more than just in good enough health. I know that, every time I ask how you are, you tell me: “We are fine, Gabriel. How are you and your family?” From remote, harsh refugee camps, you have always remembered to send me messages of friendship and support, and you worry about us. I am humbled.
In all these years since we first met, you have never asked me for anything, and I know that your family goes through many hardships. Instead, you make sure that I’m OK, when I visit the camps, and you honored KTJ and I with the wonderful and humbling act of naming your newest twin babies after us.
It was with great concern and sadness that I received the news from Umda Tarbosh that you were leaving Chad for Darfur. I immediately imagined the dangerous journey for you, your wife, and your kids, traveling on roads frequented by numerous armed groups and bandits. I wonder how you must be feeling, going back to your beloved Darfur but also going back to a place that has not achieved what you have been dreaming and working for: peace, protection, and justice.
I know that you embarked on this journey because you needed to do it. The last time we were together, you shared about the urgency you felt about your children living in something of a limbo, where their hopes and dreams are limited to the boundaries of the refugee camp. You told me, “I will not be around for long.”
Many of us out here feel that we have failed you, your children, and your people. After nine years, Darfur is not closer to peace. We’ve seen the loss of hope and the growing desperation in the camps. When I started working on this cause, it was that: a cause. It was an abstraction. It is now so very real. It is your children, from your older ones — Abdulhamid and Raya — to your youngest — Gabriel and Katie, and the ones in between. Many people feel the same.
I received your text message:
Dear Gabriel, I hope you and your family are very well. We arrived in Sudan safely. All the best, Adam.
I tried contacting you, but I got no response. I do hope so much that you are safe and also “very well.” I hope you and your family are healthy and safe, but I also hope that your spirit is well and happy. I promise that I will work harder for peace, protection, and justice in your land.
I also hope to see you again soon.
Your friend always,
Gabriel and Adam’s first meeting in 2008.
Thank you so much for the appreciations from the members of STF about my acceptance to be one of the teachers for the human rights. I believe that when there is hope to have the world of freedom, justice, and respect of others rights the dawn will break.Then the history will remember those who fought for that precious goal of the peaceful world of love, development and friendship. I promise to keep fighting with you all my life time.
Refugee camp East Chad
Locust is believed to be the most devastating insect to plants and some crops all over the world. But here the refugee children have a different view of the locust. They believe that it’s a free source of the protein. Here outside the refugee camp, hundreds of boys went hunting for it. They hope that the locust flock remain here more few days. The pictures show the children at war with the locust. The battle field is two kilometer outside the camp.
Good luck to everyone.
Dear Gabriel, here is the report about the women’s rights in my community.
Women in my community suffer discrimination, negligence and injustice, although she is the most productive part of this community. From the first day of her birth to the family, some families have not celebrate as they do for the baby boys. After she got seven years old, she stands with different responsibilities. Most of them have no chances to schooling as boys have. In her teens, the family will be ready to marry her if some one asked. Most of the girls got married without their knowledge. They must except any husband her father agreed to. Housewife has lots of daily duties. Early in the morning she prepares tea and food, washes the children, sends them to schools or gives them their duties. She gets water and washes every dirty clothes at home. She gathers firewoods, goes to work for money, or to the farm. In the evening, she cooks for the family. Every year women produces more than half of many families’ income.
Thank you, Adam
Photos of women in Camp Djabal, taken by Adam:
Eight years in the refugee camps in Chad. The refugees are from an Arabic and English speaking nation. Chad is a French speaking country. The communications between UNHCR and the refugees is only through the interpreters. Refugees education is the Sudan education system. The refugees thought that their children must study Sudan education hopping that the Darfur problem may be solved soon, to be home and that will be helpful for the children to resume the education at home. Now eight years have past and the refugees are not able to speak French or even those who could understand french have no rights to be employed as the native Chadian. The refugee worker is accepted by UNHCR as a volunteer to work for a small incentive. The future for these poor refugees is so dark until every one put the things in the right place.
Your mercy my God.
Adam Jabal refugee camp Chad
Jabal refugee camp [secondary school]
Hundreds of English books in the boxes and on the floor for five years without right to any one to use it. I’am the only English teacher there. When I asked why we are not allowed to use these books? The answer is until we built the library.
So the student might wait till the problem in Darfur been solved
Adam Moussa Ahmad
Jabal refugee camp Chad
I’m Adam Moussa from west Darfur state. My village was called Bendis.
It’s horrible to flashback to my childhood. It was full of sorrow and bad luck. I grew up an orphan child with none to help. I suffered hunger and malnourishment. Our father died when I was seven years old; my brother was four years old, and our sister was in her teens. Mother was poor, and she was hardly able to secure one meal for us all the daytime. So I decided to go to school hoping that I could be able to help her. I work very hard I was always the top of my class but at high school I failed to enter the college of medicine. I went to study the law after two years. I was arrested because of my political activities. That was in blue nile region. I returned back home feeling sorrow and disappointment.
I have a wife and I’m a father of seven children. I fled to Chad hoping to avoid my children having the same bad luck. I now live in a refugee camp.
Adam and Rahma are the librarians for the R2E Human Rights Mobile Library. They take the library from school to school in the camp, spending about a week at each. Here is what Adam reports about the use of the R2E Library:
Thank you for your inquiry about the library materials and how they have been the most helpful to the children here in the camp. In fact we have different kinds of readers so every material seemed to have those who like it. About how to improve the library: more kindles, reading materials, old news papers journals, more equipments for easy communications, and a center for the library. Tomorrow we will sen some pictures and more informations about the mobile library.