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Student’s Return Brings Joy Then Uncertainty

Student’s Return Brings Joy Then Uncertainty

Last month we brought you the story of Peter Tab, a former child soldier who is now studying law under our Survivors of War programme. As part of a delegation from a South Sudanese student organisation, he travelled to Juba, South Sudan in December. Before returning to Nairobi, Peter seized the opportunity to travel home to the town of Leer to be reunited with the family he had not seen for some 15 years.

Just one day after he left Juba, fighting broke out between Government troops which quickly escalated causing many hundreds of civilian casualties. Although Leer itself has not yet seen any fighting, the local area has been declared as a State of Emergency and Peter quickly became effectively trapped there with all usual routes out closed.

It was a very anxious time for Peter as the deadline for returning to class in Nairobi approached. Fortunately, he managed to get a place on a specially chartered plane just this week, and after a long and hair raising journey he has finally made it back to Kenya. This would have been impossible without the help and ingenuity of our friend John Kong from Unido, Gua's partner in Leer. Our thanks go to John.

Peter needs additional sponsorship to be able to complete his law studies. If you would like to help him please click here.