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Ameula from South Sudan (Children’s Story)

South Sudan

Hello, my name is Ameula Marya. Ameula means “sick” in my tribal language. My parents gave me this name because I was sick at birth. I live in South Sudan and am 9 years old. I have one 7-year-old brother and live in a compound with my aunts, uncles, and cousins.

My mother is gone right now, selling our home-grown peanuts at the market. When my mother is gone, it is my job to cook our one daily meal—aceda. Aceda is a pudding made from ground corn. It is my favorite food! But we are glad when we get to eat beef about once a week. We usually eat our one daily meal in the late afternoon or evening.

South Sudan
Cooking aceda for the family’s daily meal.

The house where I sleep does not have a toilet, shower, or bathtub. Two or three times a day, I must go get water. I have to walk far with a heavy water bucket on my head. The well we share with the community is more than a half mile away. When I am finished carrying water and my other work is done, my cousins and I sometimes have time to play. We don’t have a ball to play with, but we use a gourd to play soccer.

South Sudan
Getting water from the well.

After a long day, I am tired and ready to sleep. I sleep with my cousin under a mosquito net. The net helps protect us from mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria.
Thank you for visiting us today in South Sudan!

Esther, a young girl from South Sudan who received a CAM Bible story book, wrote,

“I read the book and it was very good. It talks about how Jesus was crucified and risen, then talks about the love of Jesus to little children. Thanks.”

CAM is providing lots of Bible story books for children and adults in South Sudan who have never heard of Jesus. Many people in South Sudan can’t read, but Christian workers use the pictures in the Bible story books to tell them the story of God.