Many weapons have been used against the people of the Nuba Mountains since 1983. Anatov bombers, machine guns, landmines, starvation, isolation, and ignorance.

Ignorance? In the 1990s, the central government of Sudan closed down all schools in the Nuba region and withdrew any funding for teachers. This was one strategy employed alongside many others to keep the Nuba marginalized and defenseless. Disarming a people of education is a more effective control strategy over the long haul than carpet bombings. But, Sudan has resorted to using both strategies against the Nuba people.

Burnt Nuba Village

Malik once told me about the committed teachers that first educated him. These teachers were educated Nubans from the community who taught children in open-air classrooms, in the shade of trees during the war years. Their payment was food from their students’ parents. These teachers were subversive in the very nature of their job. They insisted on educating children, when the government wanted to use illiteracy and ignorance as weapons of warfare.

Were it not for these teachers, who taught when the sky was clear and herded the children into caves when the enemy planes flew in low for bombing – Malik would not have had a foundation of literacy. His dreams of pursuing a college education never would have been attainable. The possibility that he may return to educate his own people on proper medical care would be inconceivable without the early education those tenacious teachers provided him.
Education - Mandela Quote

You can continue the legacy of his early teachers by joining me in arming a young Nuban man with the weapon of education for world change.

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Read, in Malik’s own words, how he hopes to change the world here.

This is a post from my 6th Annual Birthday Fundraiser series. Read more here:
 Send Malik to college! | Malik’s Journey Thus Far
It Takes a World to Educate a Child | Warchild
Hear from Malik in his own words
What’s Happening in Nuba Mountains
Malik has a Dream

About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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