The African country of Sudan has been at war, on and off, for decades. In 2011, though, South Sudan broke away from the rest of the country, and it has experienced civil war since 2013. Amid all this turmoil, a woman named Alik was forced to flee her homeland and find safety elsewhere. Her journey would take her across the world to a country she had never been to before.
In fact, Alik’s journey took her to Fort Worth, Texas, a place utterly at odds with what she was familiar with. To make matters worse, she had two children in tow and was pregnant with another child. Unfortunately, Alik had also been separated from her husband Dyan, and there was no guarantee that Alik would see her husband again – or that he would get to see his children grow up.
That’s because during the events that led to Dyan and Alik being separated, proof that the pair were married was completely destroyed. This set in motion an agonizing ordeal that they would endure for years. So while Alik was designated as a single mother, Dyan was categorized as a single man and consequently placed at the end of the resettlement line.