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    We are women. Our work has always stretched beyond the lines of sunrise and sunset. Do not think us weak because we do not fight by killing. We fight by giving birth to life, we feed our young from our own bodies, we raise up new life from our own ashes. For this, one must be stronger than death itself. We are such women. We are not victims, but proud bearers of the wisdom of generations, we are every country’s lifeline of hope for the future.

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— ABUK JERVAS MAKUAC
Women Caught In The Crossfire

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to the official website of Abuk Jervas Makuac and Susan Lynn Clark, the authors of the timely and compelling book, “Women Caught in the Crossfire: One Woman’s Quest for Peace in South Sudan.” Today, when tens of millions live as refugees worldwide, Abuk Makuac steps forward to recount her own journey as one woman among many who survived homelessness and hunger during South Sudan’s violent fight for independence. We invite you into this challenging experience of hope beyond hope, hard-won resilience, and the ultimate power of women to build community in the face of war.

The Story Behind the Book

In 1997 Abuk and Susan met by chance one evening at a refugee resettlement center in Dallas. There they decided to join forces to write Abuk’s life story, the life story of a woman who found herself and her young son suddenly swept up in the chaos and violence of the South Sudanese civil war. The book, published in 2022, has ultimately emerged as a compelling chronicle of both intimate and collective stories spanning from 1983, at the start of the war for independence, to the present day, as the often blood-soaked struggles toward nation building continue. 

In this poignant narrative, the authors take the reader on a real time journey into both the suffering and the strength commensurate with war. Fleeing her homeland, Abuk seeks refuge in Ethiopia with her young son, only to be confronted with hunger, homelessness, and uncertainty. The book details her day and night struggle to feed her child, the challenge of giving birth in exile, and the constant inner battle to keep hope alive.

Abuk’s transformation from a girl with broken dreams to a woman of strength, walking side by side in community with others, serves as a beacon of hope to people of all circumstances.

 “Women Caught in the Crossfire,” is also a testament to the power of female resilience not only in the life of one woman, but also in the life of a nation, as endurance, love, and the determination of the human spirit are forged in the crucible of war.

About The Authors

ABUK JERVAS MAKUAC

Abuk Jervas Makuac - Forced to flee her homeland in South Sudan soon after civil war erupted in 1983, Abuk Makuac's journey is one of resilience and transformation. Her story takes us through the perilous escape from conflict with her young son, survival in an overcrowded refugee camp in Ethiopia, living in hiding in Kenya, and ultimately resettling in the United States. Her story is the story of millions.

SUSAN LYNN CLARK

Susan Lynn Clark - A licensed psychotherapist based in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Clark has dedicated her career to working with immigrant populations. Since 1984, she has advocated for displaced persons and refugees in the United States. Her work has encompassed the healing of personal and generational trauma, teaching language and survival skills, facilitating access to higher education – giving voice to those who have been unheard.
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Explore this website to learn more about Abuk Jervas Makuac, Susan Lynn Clark, and their book, "Women Caught in the Crossfire: One Woman's Quest for Peace in South Sudan." Discover upcoming events, read insightful articles, and stay updated on their work. Join us in celebrating the strength of women and the enduring hope they bring to the world.

The Heart of the Story

Abuk Makuac’s words resonate deeply: “We are women … proud bearers of the wisdom of generations, we are every country’s lifeline of hope for the future.” 

These words encapsulate a central theme of the book – that the contribution of women, though historically dismissed as inconsequential, is in fact key to the survival and rebirth of a nation’s soul, especially a nation with a troubled history of war.

Abuk’s story is a testament to the collective power of women to not only survive together, but  also work together to restore the health of a society.

“… For this one must be stronger than death. We are such women.”

Abuk Jervas Makuac

ABUK JERVAS MAKUAC

We are women. Our work has always stretched beyond the lines of sunrise and sunset. Do not think us weak because we do not fight by killing. We fight by giving birth to life, we feed our young from our own bodies, we raise up new life from our own ashes. For this, one must be stronger than death itself. We are such women. We are not victims, but proud bearers of the wisdom of generations, we are every country’s lifeline of hope for the future.

The Message of "Women Caught in the Crossfire"

Women Caught In The Crossfire
Women Caught In The Crossfire

“Women Caught in the Crossfire” is a call to recognize, honor, and learn from the strength, the resilience, and the peace-loving spirit of one woman among many in the face of wartime adversity. Abuk Makuac represents countless unnamed heroes who, through their sacrifice and determination, have time and again preserved the life of nations.

As you explore the pages of this book, you’ll experience the intimate daily life of wartime refugees, both in pain and in solace, in defeat and in triumph. Abuk Makuac’s journey, as masterfully documented by Susan Clark, will both touch your heart and give you strength for your own journey forward.

“Women Caught in the Crossfire” is a book that will change the way you understand resilience, hope, and the deep well of the human spirit.

Abuk Makuac’s story gives voice to millions of women who are still in the throes of post-war survival, who have neither time nor resources to write their own memoir. Abuk’s story is the story of millions.

Get your copy today and embark on a journey that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

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If you have any questions, comments, or would like to get in touch with Abuk Jervas Makuac or Susan Lynn Clark, please visit our contact page. Your feedback is appreciated, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for visiting! We know that “Women Caught in the Crossfire” will both challenge and inspire you.

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We are women. Our work has always stretched beyond the lines of sunrise and sunset. Do not think us weak because we do not fight by killing. We fight by giving birth to life, we feed our young from our own bodies, we raise up new life from our own ashes. For this, one must be stronger than death itself. We are such women. We are not victims, but proud bearers of the wisdom of generations, we are every country’s lifeline of hope for the future.
— ABUK JERVAS MAKUAC
Women Caught in the Crossfire