Excerpt of my email to Julie:
I watched "God Grew Tired Of Us" a few weeks ago. Wow! A few things I'm sensing about the Sudanese refugees (from that movie, and talking with them), and I'd love to know your thoughts at some point.
It seems like what they had back in the Kenya camp gave them a lot of warmth and support and community. But they were missing key survival needs, like stability and food and safety. Here, they have those basic survival things - but they're stripped of that close sense of community and are more isolated. Is that what you find? Or do you not see that as much, since you're offering a community for them through Outreach Africa?
It just seems like seeing any of the refugees as needing our way of life doesn't make ANY sense to me...but that it's about taking all the great stuff about their tribal living, and giving them the basics of Maslow's hierarchy: clean water, ample food, etc.
Excerpt from Julie's Response:
....They have lost the tools of their culture (council of elders to resolve disputes), fellowship, etc. They have food and shelter but are lonely and alone. My prime directive has always been to validate their worth and to make them feel loved and connected. That is part of what they are all missing across the country. There are so many, like those in