By Alek Wek
Alek Wek has been the face of advert campaigns for corporations starting from trainer to Michael Kors to Nars and has labored the runways on behalf of designers resembling Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Dior. but her defining moments expand past the runways of recent York, Milan, Paris, and London. Born to a middle-class relations within the Sudan, Wek chanced on her lifestyles abruptly inverted while civil struggle broke out between outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated executive, and southern rebels. The clash not just killed million humans, it created a complete group of refugees, together with Wek's family—many of whom fled to London. this is Wek's excellent, bold tale of emerging from refugee to overseas twiglet.
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No, none of that. Instead, she laid sheets on the ground, which would be wrapped up around everything. She told me which cooking pot to grab from the kitchen. We took a knife, one or two cups, and a container for water. All eight of us would be eating with our ﬁngers in the Dinka way, so there was no need for many utensils. My mother packed powdered okra that she could cook along the way, since there would be no place to get food. She carefully tied up a bundle of salt, for cooking and trading with people.
Everything looked calm, so we went to the gate and looked outside. People were already walking down the road, carrying loads on their heads. The exodus had begun. Then my sister beckoned me over to see some bullet holes that had splintered the wood of our gate, which was sheathed in zinc. “Mama, look at this,” we called out. My mother came over and shook her head. Then she pointed to a hole in the ground, where one of the militiamen had rested his riﬂe. “Bayonet” was all she said. Back inside my parents huddled in private.
The war had resumed, after ten years of peace. They’d been keeping it from us children, hoping that it would bypass Wau. But now it was too late for that. The second civil war began in 1983, when I was six years old, after the rebel leader John Garang formed the Sudan People ’s Liberation Army (SPLA) to ﬁght off the northern troops that were trying to dominate the south. Fanatical conservative Muslims were threatening President Gaafar Nimeiry’s rule and he decided that he must bend to their wishes and not let the south be autonomous any longer.
Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel by Alek Wek