This is Freedom for Us

10-year-old twin daughters, Naw-Ehmuek and Naw-Ehtha, sit and talk together. “In the day time, I can tell my twins apart but at night time, I can’t tell,” laughs their mother, Nawkripaw, sitting in the village where she was born. “I love this land," she smiles. This is why her family stays, she explains, despite the painful memories of the past.

In 2010, during conflict between rebel armies in a neighboring country, Nawkripaw fled with four of her children, including her one-year-old twins. The memory is still vivid for her. “I cried when I had to leave my home. I didn’t want to leave, I didn’t want to live anywhere else.” They would flee, sometimes for days, sometimes for months. On one occasion they sheltered at a nearby church, returning home after the violence had subsided. One day, during a fierce crossfire, her husband was tragically shot and killed.

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