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Sierra Leonean promotes education in refugee

Sierra Leonean promotes education in refugee

A Sierra Leonean working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is promoting education in Jewi camp, Ethiopia, by advising parents to send their children to school.  He is Sulaiman Momodu, a seasoned journalist and former employee of Concord Times Newspaper.

Hear his human interest story.

She was all smiles when I visited her in Jewi camp, Ethiopia, on Monday. Jewi camp hosts more than 48,000 South Sudanese refugees. “I am now going to school,” said 8-year-old Nyarout.

“Can you write the English alphabet?” I asked. “Yes I can and can also write my name,” replied the young South Sudanese refugee girl, apparently pleased and proud of her achievement.

A few months ago, I met Nyarout helping her mother to mud plaster their humble home in the camp while other children were in school. Her mother fled to Ethiopia with seven other children when civil war broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2014.

“Thank you for advising me to send my daughter to school,” remarked Nyarout’s mother, who separated from her husband during the war and has not seen him since then.

I wish young Nyarout all the best in life.

Had it not been the advice Sulaiman Momodu gave young Nyarout’s mother to send her daughter to school, she would have still been helping her mother with house chores.

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