South Sudanese Supermodel Alek Wek’s Journey Home

For the one year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence I organized a field mission with UNHCR supporter Alek Wek.  Wek visited a UNHCR returnee site in her hometown of Wau where UNHCR has built 500 homes for returning refugees, a community center, school, police post and is providing other services.  Alek was able to take part in the anniversary celebrations and meet with the first lady.  Additionally, Wek traveled to the border to talk with arriving refugees who are fleeing the violence in Sudan. Below is a short documentary I produced of the journey.  I was able, with the support of Alek’s publicists, to secure over 60 media articles on South Sudan and Wek.  We have since begun working on fundraising efforts for education facilities in South Sudan.  I also wrote several articles from the trip.  Some are linked below.

Daily Beast Article: Supermodel Alek Wek’s bittersweet return home

Once a refugee, supermodel Alek Wek returns to South Sudan to help others

An Emotional Journey Home

Supermodel Alek Wek’s Emotional Journey Home


About Charity Tooze

Charity Tooze is a producer, journalist, project manager and entrepreneur. She holds a joint master's degree in international affairs and journalism and a bachelor's degree in women's studies and multi-media. She has consulted for the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, AOL and various non-profits. Her work has been published on CNN, PBS, Huffington Post and the UNHCR. View all posts by Charity Tooze

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