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Interview Lucy

Lucy is a South Sudanese refugee. She is 47 years of age, a widow and a foster-mother of 5 refugee children. Lucy is self-employed in the clothing industry, stitching women’s and children’s clothing and upholstery. She married her late husband at the age of 20 years in 1993 and one year later, she and her husband were forced to flee to Nairobi, Kenya as refugees from Sudan due to the long civil war. Her marriage lasted for 13 years until her husband died in 2006; the couple was childless during their marriage.  After her husband’s death, Lucy decided to establish her own family by sharing her life with five foster refugee children from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The lived experience by Lucy demonstrates how civil conflict and political instability can negatively impact family stability and resilience.