Toak

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1,150 kmfrom home
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“I was a carpenter at home so, when I heard about the chance to make things here in the camp I knew I could do a good job.”
Toak
Current Country: 
Ethiopia
Country of Origin: 
South Sudan

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“I was a carpenter at home [in South Sudan] so, when I heard about the chance to make things here I knew I could do a good job,” said Toak sitting outside his shelter.

As he speaks, one of his daughters sleeps in the shade of the verandah he added to the entrance of his shelter. His craftsmanship is evident from looking around the area where he lives with his wife and children, like the handmade, intricately woven wood and grass chicken coup.

“I teach the others how to make their shelters, together with some [local community] carpenters from Gambella. I enjoy seeing people learn. It takes time as we start with the basics. I am looking forward to the new part of the work, which will be making furniture,” said Toak, while sitting in a handmade bamboo chair, a prototype for the ones he will make for camp residents in the coming months, along with beds.

Toak is one of four carpenters from the refugee community employed by IOM. He has ten support workers under his guidance.

Despite everything being taken away from him, Toak has used his ingenuity to create things for himself and his neighbours. For refugees in Gambella, helping others create a safe place to live in is one of the greatest gifts that can be given.

Toak is one of four carpenters from the refugee community employed by IOM. He has ten support workers under his guidance.

Despite everything being taken away from him, Toak has used his ingenuity to create things for himself and his neighbours. For refugees in Gambella, helping others create a safe place to live in is one of the greatest gifts that can be given.

 

Read more on Finding shelter together: South Sudanese refugees' shelter building in Ethiopia.

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