Survivor: Peter

"My name is Peter and I am a South Sudanese national. Before South Sudan got independence, there was a civil war. I came to Australia as a refugee in 2001."

"Not being home in South Sudan, well, it affects me as a person because I’m not really coping with not seeing some of my relatives around me, some of my community members around me and the support that I have always enjoyed having. It just directly affects me by not having that much support and mentorship that I would always expect to have in the community and family."

"I miss home. I miss the personal company and relatives that I've known for a while. You come from a community, a family that is very collective. We share a lot of things and we support each other a lot too.

I think peace means when it is accepted that there is no fear of death, when there is education and you go to school. It's when there is also food, there's no starvation and you got shelter and all this to give you a sense of humanity and life.

Peace means when it is accepted that there is no fear of death, and there is education. It's when there no starvation and you got shelter to give you a sense of humanity and life.

"After civil war, there needs to be political will and the opportunity to represent people and invest in people's lives. I see there is a need for the right leadership that will facilitate the community's healing process or the nation's healing process, but also have a clear agenda for the nation that puts community life as a priority.

I have so much hope for South Sudan and what gives me hope for South Sudan's future is that the international community has not really relinquished its support for that nation and for that community. They rallied behind them. And so did the Sudanese themselves from the very grassroots, not at the very top level of the government. The grassroots were very much inspired to see their nation at peace and rebuilding.

I have so much hope for South Sudan, but there are a lot of challenges to be addressed before realising that hope."

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