Nuer Refugees from Sudan

2588 WordsSep 30, 200611 Pages
Imagine being dropped off in a foreign place where you have never been before or even heard of. You have been dropped off with nothing but the clothes on your back and barely speak a word of the language that is spoken there. This is how the Nuer feel when then go to the United States from Sudan for more freedom. Sure the United States may have more opportunities for a better life than Sudan, but it comes with a lot of life-changing events and challenges that the Nuer must face daily. In Nuer Journeys Nuer Lives, Jon Holtzman discusses the challenges the Nuer face and how they overcome them once they have been kicked out of their homes and immigrate to Minnesota in the United States. The journey of the Nuer to the United States began…show more content…
Their communities were also much different that those found in the United States. The Nuer community was based on kinship of two different types. The first one is called mar, which means "actual kinship between people that are directly traced through relatives" (42). The second type of community is called buth, which are "relationships between links between people who cannot be traced, which is fundamental to the tribal organization of the Nuer with regards to alliances and warfare" (42). Their names of the Nuer are of social significance. For example, if a child was named Chuol then it had meant their older sibling had died (30). This was just some of what the Nuer culture was like back in Sudan and what was most important to them and how they would form communities. The move to the United States was a massive culture shock to the Nuer. In the United States it was quite opposite of their life in Sudan. For instance, the weather in Minnesota was cold and there was lots of snow, something the Nuer had never seen before. The weather was the least of their worries in terms of adjustments that they had to make after moving to America. Their most difficult adjustments were to things, such as cooking and shopping (29), which we commonly take for granted. Most of the Nuer will adjust to their new lifestyle quite quickly due to the events that they went
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