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Meet the remarkable authors behind “Women Caught in the Crossfire: One Woman’s Quest for Peace in South Sudan,” Abuk Jervas Makuac and Susan Lynn Clark. These two women bring a unique blend of experience and expertise to the table, making their collaboration an extraordinary journey into the heart of a people’s tumultuous history.

Abuk Jervas Makuac

Abuk Jervas Makuac, a courageous and resilient woman, found herself in the midst of a brutal civil war that erupted in her homeland, South Sudan, back in 1983. Forced to flee with her husband and young son, she embarked on a perilous journey, leaving behind the good life she had known. Through the pages of their book, “Women Caught in the Crossfire,” Abuk shares her personal account of survival. Her narrative takes you from the desperate conditions of overcrowded refugee camps in Ethiopia to a life in hiding in Kenya, where the mere act of existence was an act of defiance. Her story eventually leads to the United States, where she and her children find a new beginning. Abuk’s story is one of female determination, hard-won resilience, and hope in the face of adversity.

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Susan Lynn Clark

Susan Lynn Clark, a licensed psychotherapist based in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Clark’s career has been defined by her dedication to working with underserved populations, particularly immigrants and refugees. Since 1984, her work has encompassed the healing of personal and generational trauma, teaching language and survival skills, facilitating access to higher education. Her expertise adds a unique perspective to the book, offering insights into the psychological and emotional aspects of the refugee experience. Dr. Clark’s work in collaboration with Ms. Makuac amplifies the power of storytelling and understanding.

Together, Abuk Jervas Makuac and Susan Lynn Clark’s unique blend of personal experience and professional insight makes “Women Caught in the Crossfire” a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration and a deeper understanding of the human experience.