“When South Sudan became independent in 2011, my homeland was split into two and my family wanted to leave for Juba, the capital of the new state.
Back then, I was a journalism trainee reporting on the South Sudan referendum for Ajrass Al-Hurriya newspaper.
Colleagues in the south advised me to join them in Juba where I had jobs offers. I felt hesitant because I heard that life in Juba was very difficult, so I stayed behind in Sudan when my family moved to Juba.
Although this gives me stability for the moment, I am unsure about the future.
I remained alone in the north but followed them to Juba early 2013, despite my reservations about the hardships.
I was trying to settle into my new environment when the war started in December 2013, forcing everyone to leave again.
I went back to Khartoum, but found it changed. Many of my friends had left and others were preparing to leave. I decided it was time for me to take the next step.
For now, I am in the United States as an Atlas Corps fellow. Although this gives me stability for the moment, I am unsure about the future. Where next? Sudan or South Sudan?”