Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel by Alek Wek

By Alek Wek

Alek Wek has been the face of advert campaigns for corporations starting from trainer to Michael Kors to Nars and has labored the runways on behalf of designers equivalent to Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Dior. but her defining moments expand past the runways of latest York, Milan, Paris, and London. Born to a middle-class relations within the Sudan, Wek discovered her lifestyles all of sudden inverted whilst civil conflict broke out between outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated govt, and southern rebels. The clash not just killed million humans, it created a complete group of refugees, together with Wek's family—many of whom fled to London. this is Wek's marvelous, bold tale of emerging from refugee to foreign twiglet.

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He needed guns and food and clothes and trucks and radios. He needed the government to stop trying to enforce Islam. He needed freedom for all the people in Sudan. ” he asked. “Soap,” said my mother. ” He nodded. He had so little that a bar of soap was good enough. This was the kind of man the rebels thought could bring down the government? They had a few bullets but no food. My father came up, and after a tense moment he and the man shook hands. The other rebels watched. My parents spoke to the man for a while, gesturing up the trail.

We were so hungry this food tasted as good as any meal I’d ever had, though the food was finished pretty quickly—there was only just enough to go around. I was used to small amounts, so it didn’t really bother me. To this day, I don’t eat huge meals and I hate seeing food go to waste. I trace it all back to those days walking in the bush, when we always had enough, but only just enough. I learned just how little it takes to survive. I also know that it could all disappear in a heartbeat. It’s good to keep that in perspective, which is why I don’t waste things—food, money, friendships, or opportunities.

I learned just how little it takes to survive. I also know that it could all disappear in a heartbeat. It’s good to keep that in perspective, which is why I don’t waste things—food, money, friendships, or opportunities. As the sun set on our little camp, I don’t think I had ever felt so glad to be with my family. They were everything to me. We had no home, no town, no government. All we had were each other, our blankets, and the stars above, which, since there were no electric lights for miles and miles, shined brighter than I’d ever seen them.

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