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For “THEM” for “ME” and for “YOU”

Three years ago my overwhelming experience with Sudanese women in conflict zone\s started!
When I joined the organization I am working with now, I was so excited to know more, to travel to the different parts of the country, my work was\is about women who have been affected by the different wars in Sudan, those who suffered from alienation, those whom their bodies were\are used as a weapon in this ongoing destructive game, those who left their villages to the middle of nowhere to suffer from the other face of the anguishes, to be foreigner inside your country, to be homeless, to be an internally displaced person!. We are trying to help, to address the challenges and to monitor the violations against those women.
I have been traveling to different parts of the country all over the past period, conducting assessments to the needs of the displaced communities and to empower women within these communities. I have to admit that I have been always amazed by the strength and the courage of those women to face their lifelong atrocities from poverty, displacement, domestic violence and sexual abuse, after each meeting with them I take some time to think if I have been in the position of this woman what would I have done?! It's an incredibly hard experience that most of it remains “untold” nonetheless those women cannot overcome these ordeals without compensation. Justice for those victims\survivors is an optimal compensation for those women, recognition of their value in society rather than blaming of victims is a compensation, sympathy is a compensation; and this what my work and my life's motivation is about, seeking justice, seeking compensations for my people!.
Most of the people knows about the conflict in Sudan, however this knowledge remain very general, less people knows about the roots, the stories of women within these situation, I myself was not aware of all these complication until I actually started to work in this areas, I believe that all those women have punch of stories to tell, they need to share and they need the world to listen, to learn the lessons, to avoid falling in the same traps; I want to be the voice of those women, I want to raise my own voice as a woman more and more , that's why I want to be a voice of our future correspondent.
Those women needs to tell their stories, make the world aware about their atrocities and their resistance and this is the first step to achieve justice, in Sudan courts rarely grantee justice, people's sympathy is part of the process of access to justice though.
We all need to listen to stories of people survivors, victims or even perpetrators, web 2.0 ease this listening process it enabled people to “witness” things that took place millions of miles away and that's how it amplified the voices of vulnerable people, voices of our future indeed does that.
I want to be voices of our future correspondent for “them” the forgotten women in my country, those who were deprived from their basic human rights and those who are vulnerable to this deprivation, I want to be voices of our future correspondent because of me to share my experience and my stories which are all those women stories, I need to share more, I need to write down about my story and those women stories and also want to be voices of future correspondent because of “you” as I know that as same as I am enthusiastic to listen more from women all over the globe and learn from their experiences , you also want to listen to these stories including my story, my people story.
Voices of our future program will help me to do that better, it will amplify my voice and my community's as well.

Comments

ola.mahadi's picture

well stated couse Walaa

Good luck girl for your couse and to be corespondance and mae your voice heared.
Ola

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Walaa Salah's picture

Oh thanks

Ola!
thank you very much dear, best of Luck for you too Ola, we need a voice from Sudan we really need it.

Cheers

W

be the change

Walaa Salah

Deqa's picture

Drive and passion

My dear Walaa, your drive and passion is so beautifully articulated in your writing. I see strong women from all over east africa in this WP community and i know the future is surely bright for our region and there is better tomorrow for our people.
Keep up the good work my dear and lets be united to eradicate these awful and shameful acts of violations against the vulnerable and marginalized individuals in our horn of africa.

Love
Deqa

Walaa Salah's picture

thrilled to know you

Dear Deqa
I am thrilled to be part of this community, to able to meet with such wonderful women from the Horn of Africa like you! will keep sharing talking, telling and raise our voices.

Keep in touch

be the change

Walaa Salah

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thank you Walaa

Dear Walaa,

The voices of those women has changed us and it is our role t change the world. Thanks for highlighting this.

Keep the good work

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Walaa Salah's picture

it indeed changed us!

Dear Yosra

those women changed our lives and indeed changed our prospectives looking at the Sudanese dilemma in general.
much love and respect

W

be the change

Walaa Salah

libudsuroy's picture

Dear Walaa, I am happy to

Dear Walaa,
I am happy to listen to your story here. You expressed the many dimensions of the complex problem of IDPs in conflict and post-conflict zones. And you put forth solutions. Your being a citizen journalist is part of the solution. I also like the part when you emphasized that this is not only so much about you and the IDPs, it is also about the rest of the World Pulse community. It is about us,too. Thanks so much for such an encompassing vision of yours. Best regards to you, my friend!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Walaa Salah's picture

Libusuroy the pleasure is

Libusuroy
the pleasure is mine my friend, I really admire your connection and how you keep reading and commenting on my stories, thank you indeed for such a supportive words.

Cheers

Walaa

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Walaa Salah

loretta's picture

True Walaa.

The truth of the matter is, we do or have heard about Sudan's "war" but do not know the inside story. And it can only be told by those close to the action or the affected.

It's so amazing what you are trying to do for the women of Sudan, who have lost their dignity. Displacement and rape ave two very difficult issues to deal with, to be raped and be among people who don't have much to help you and be in a foreign space with no one to turn to.

Atleast if you are in a familiar space you can have someone to turn to. You know which steps to take. I really hope that you will be able to help those women emotionally, for that it's where it hurts most.

God bless you.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

Walaa Salah's picture

Dear Loretta its indeed

Dear Loretta
its indeed problematic status that women remains hostages of, we all are trying to be as supportive as possible, to show everyone that not all Northern Sudanese are racists and violators of "others'" rights, I am here also to say that I am a north Sudanese Woman who is against what the government is committing by "our names".

Thanks a lot for taking the time to support Sudanese women :)

much love

Walaa

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Walaa Salah

Isabel Siegel Griffith's picture

Amazing!!!

Dear Walaa,

I commend you for the work you are doing. Your passion, resilience, courage and drive are truly inspiring. I thank you for making sure that these unheard voices are heard and for the world to know the reality and the truth of these women's stories and the enormous challenges they are facing. Your voice is powerful and the way you are channeling that power in further supporting other women to raise their voices is admirable.

Warm Regards,

Isabel

Walaa Salah's picture

Thank you ineed

Dear Isabel

I admire your kind words, this kind of support is really fueling my heart and brain to keep going, its like going through a forest of thorns but we keep going, we keep loving the life, the people and even the sands of our land.

Cheers

Walaa

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Walaa Salah

mrbeckbeck's picture

Yes, we want to listen!

Thank you Walaa, for sharing your vision here. We are here and we want to listen and know more deeply your story and the stories of women in Sudan. Regardless of whether you're chosen for the full program or not, I hope you'll speak out!

Kindest regards,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Walaa Salah's picture

it just begun!

Dear Scott

My journey with WP has just begun, will appreciate being part of the program, but no matter is the results I will definitely keep telling and sharing, we all need to tell, we all need to listen!

Cheers

W

be the change

Walaa Salah

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you for sharing the

Thank you for sharing the story of the Sudanese women. I agree with Scott, yes we want to listen! I wish you the best on your journey, in your current efforts and with World Pulse.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Leslie Stoupas's picture

Passionate!

Dear Walaa,

Your passion for this subject is very inspiring, and it is such an important reminder that women must speak up for other women so that ALL women are heard. I think you are a great and powerful voice for the women of Sudan and someone who obviously respects their stories very much. I love what you said, that "recognition of their value in society" is so very, very important. I believe that you will be instrumental in making this happen, and I encourage you to continue writing for them no matter what! Thank you for sharing your vision!

Leslie Stoupas

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