Jeka Chol Leyam is a 25 years old male refugee from Maban (Yusuf Bantil Camp).
“I developed this condition when I was around 12 years old. It was painless. I visited many hospitals but was told that the condition was neither treatable nor manageable. I lived with it up now.”
His conditions did not limit him from socializing with a few friends. He got married in 2014. They do not have a child yet.
Jeka was excited when arrived on the Across compound following his operation.
“Oh, my God! I met many people in Ethiopia with a similar condition as mine. I used to know I am the only one with this condition in the world. I was treated very well during my journey and I thank Face Africa UNHCR and Across for all the support you gave me. I am requesting Across to send me home to meet my wife whom I have missed since for a long we have not been able communicate,” He added.
Across first heard about Jeka through email communication from face African and UNHCR. On 27th March, 2015 Across received Jeka from Juba international airport (JIA). He spent some days in JMSH before travelling to Ethiopia for his operation. Across facilitated his feeding and accommodation while in Juba including processing his travel documents and flagging him off from Juba to Ethiopia at JIA.
After his successful operation in Ethiopia he was again received by Across staff at JIA. Currently he is in JMSH awaiting his booking back to Maban hopefully early next week. His next review in Ethiopia will be in September, 2015.
Across congratulates UNHCR, Facing Africa and all field partners especially in Maban for their efforts for transforming and restoring hope in Jeka’s life and the entire refugee community in South Sudan.
Editing- Irene Kagwiria