Aristata Press Launches Inspiring Memoir, Women Caught in the Crossfire, a story of survival

This is a harrowing but hopeful story about resilience in the face of civil war. In this memoir Abuk Makuac and her co-author, Susan Lynn Clark, document Abuk's perilous journey and life on the run with her family.
Women Caught in the Crossfire
Women Caught in the Crossfire
PORTLAND, Ore. - Oct. 2, 2023 - PRLog -- Women Caught in the Crossfire: One Woman's Quest for Peace in South Sudan documents the experiences of one woman among many that were thrust into the hardships of civil war in South Sudan during the violent struggle for independence from 1983 to 2011. It explores the question, What becomes of a good person when placed in the worst circumstances imaginable? As refugees in Ethiopia, Abuk Makuac and her young son are plunged without warning into hunger and homelessness. She must fight daily to feed her son, gives birth in exile, and tries to keep alive hope where there is none. She finds solace in community with other women and emerges with her goodness intact, but not without paying a heavy price. This book invites us to witness, in both picture and story, the power of female resilience not only in one life but also in the life of a nation.

Praise for Woman Caught in the Crossfire:

"Tragic, and at the same time inspirational, Abuk's account of life behind the battlefront powerfully reveals the struggles that seldom make the news. As the fighting rages, women unite to keep each other, their families, and strangers alive. This harrowing account is told with courageous honesty that is vital to the understanding of the impact of war on innocents." —JUDY A. BERNSTEIN, Author of Disturbed in their Nests, A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights

About the authors:

ABUK JERVAS MAKUAC was forced to flee her homeland of South Sudan soon after civil war ignited in 1983. Women Caught in the Crossfire traces her perilous flight with her husband and children, surviving in an overcrowded refugee camp in Ethiopia, living in hiding in Kenya, and eventually resettling in the United States.

SUSAN LYNN CLARK is a licensed psychotherapist working in a clinic for underserved populations in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Clark has worked with immigrants and refugees in the US since 1984, teaching language and survival skills and helping with access to higher education.

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