my name is Dimo Akol and I come here today to tell you my story.
I come from Sudan in Africa, a long way from Australia. I lived
in Waw, a town in the South of Sudan.
My country is a very beautiful country and when I was a small
child life was good. But then the war came.
People came with guns. I saw them take children from 3 years
old to ten years old as prisoners. The children had nothing
to fight with or protect themselves because the enemy had the
Some rich men used to buy the children to work as slaves in
houses or factories. Sometimes they took the children to train
them as soldiers to kill their own people
We didn't have any food or drink so everybody was hungry and
our food was dropped from a plane.
At 7 o clock in the evening one night a plane dropped a bomb
on the mosque beside my house. We were very scared and saw people
killed and dead and without some parts of their body.
I ran away with my family
but my brother ran away before us and we lost him. We ran to
a place to hide for several days.
After that we left Sudan by boat to Egypt. We lived in Egypt
for 4 years. My mother, my father and myself started to work
because we needed money.
My family lived in Cairo but for the first year I had to work
in Alexandria. I worked as a servant. I was 12 years old and
did not speak the language. I could not see my family for the
whole time and this was the loneliest time of my life. In that
year my father died and I could not even go to his funeral.
After that I went back to Cairo and worked as a servant for
a family in Cairo. It was a difficult family to work for and
they made me work 18 hours a day but at least I could see my
family once a week.
After 3 years we were
accepted to come to Australia to start a new life.
We came to Sydney in November 2003 and I came to Beverly Hills
IEC to learn English.
These 4 months in Sydney have been happy ones for me and my
family. I will tell you why.
For the first time I feel secure from war and death because
in Sudan I didn't know if I would be alive tomorrow or if I
In Australia I have choice because in Egypt I could not study
and was forced to work. Now I can start to enjoy my life and
be like any other 16 year old girl in this wonderful country.
I love my school and my new friends. Once again I have choice
in my life.
Thank you for listening to my story. I hope this will help you
understand how difficult life has been for me and the other
We are all very lucky to live in a country where there is
no war or hunger.