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
SUSAN LYNN CLARK
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
The Message of "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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