“Mama-e-Ben” ...Lost Boys’ Storyteller, University Speaker, & Author

Abeny Kucha Tiir tells a Sudanese Survivor's Story in her Inspirational Speeches—given in the United States and Canada—which outline the events of her recent Book, "Tears of a Mother." Upon outbreak of the Civil Wars in South Sudan in the 1980's, she promised her baby son, Jok, that if he would live, she could tell a story of HOPE.

And so, she does just that; speaking at many Educational Formats, from Drake University to the U.S. Military Diversity Training Department (2012-2014). In these platforms, she delivers a message of HOPE; sharing her experience of carrying herself, a Mother, through the tears of Genocide to lead her four children across an entire continent of Africa to their eventual Freedom.

The Audience in which she speaks, is forced to ask themselves what they would have done—if made to sleep in the jungles of Africa or build a raft to cross the Nile—in order to save four people that were depending upon them. Along with receiving the HOPE of how this Mother succeeded at doing those things, the Audience is also left with a first-hand testimony of the Social Injustices and effects of War on its' victims. Her pictures and slides provide, too, a real-life history of the countries of South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya - before and during the Wars.

But mostly, anyone listening to one of Ms. Tiir's presentations does not walk away without being inspired to LIVE! “Mama-e-Ben” would rather move forward and escape death, than to, "...not move at all and die."

Abeny is currently working on her next Book, "The First Cow," which, compared to "Tears of a Mother," is a more personal account of her life in Sudan before the Wars; growing up in her particular Tribe and Village.

Please attend her next event or schedule a Speaking Engagement with “Mama-e-Ben,”
Storyteller, by calling 402-570-3212 or by E-Mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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"My life has been a painful
  miracle but not without Light."

Kuchdok and the Outbreak of War

Tears of a Mother, Page 15

It began as an ordinary spring day. My stepmother sent me to the butchery to buy meat. When I arrived there, baskets were raised above heads while people chatted and yelled for the butcher to sell them meat. It was very noisy. Then suddenly the sharp report of gunshot filled the air. That was the first shot of the war; it all began in Bor Town

In their surprise people hit the ground or began to run. I chose to run...

My Brother Goes to War

Tears of a Mother, Page 17

Jok came home from school one day in the afternoon and started chasing me around. We ran around outside the hut, teasing each other and accusing each other of having bed bugs. I thought it was a normal day, but Jok knew that it was not. He must have wanted to create a happy memory of this day. Later I saw a bag in his hand and I asked what it was. He made me promise that I would not tell anyone and then said he was leaving the country.

He was only sixteen, and I was eighteen. He was my baby brother...

Marriage

Tears of a Mother, Page 19

In May,1985, I was happy because I had married my husband, but our situation was still very distressful. Food and transportation were scarcely available. Educated people were in much danger because the government thought they were trouble. A rumor reached our village that all educated people must leave or risk being killed by government soldiers. Educated people had already been driven from Bor, so my husband had run out of options. When we met, he had been planning to go to Egypt to further his education, but now war had cut his dreams short. He decided he must go to Ethiopia and join the rebels.

I watched as my husband slipped out of my life and into the darkness of War. This was an awful part of my life...

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