Internationally and domestically we are known mostly for war, violence and the lifetime struggles we have faced as a people. In each community is a similar narrative of challenges, trials and tribulations. We are facing the same challenges behind our tribal veils. We need each other. We are the only solution to our own man-made problems. As much as we have a huge story in terms of our journey. A time has come where we must celebrate the resilience, tenacity, and the growth mindset we have developed throughout the years in our nation, communities, friendships and families. We as a collective are waking up to the harsh reality that if we don’t work together we will surely ‘’perish together as fools’’ as Martin Luther King Jr. would have said.
Among us are many silent successful and triumphant people who have achieved and overcame many odds in our lives and within our communities. We ought to celebrate and appreciate the magnificence before us. It is very important for young people especially to have positive role models to aspire to be or be influenced by. Our youth need to see alternative realities to make that paradigm shift that communities and families often desire. I am sure the society in which these young people live in expects more from them because they have a lot in them to give.
Why is it important to share our success stories and journeys?
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''