Wadeng. In comes from the language of the Dinka people of Southern Sudan, and loosely translated into English, means: "Look to tomorrow. It will be better." It has been Jacob Akech Deng's mantra since he was a young boy growing up in Duk Padiet, dreaming of a life that wasn't constantly threatened by war.
Jacob Deng was seven years old in 1987 when insurgents burnt down Duk Padiet, his village. Separated from his mother and sisters he fled, on foot, across scorching Africa. He was what became known as a "Lost Boy of Sudan." Displaced. Homeless. Orphaned. Vulnerable. Many died but Jacob survived threats of exposure, starvation, thirst, disease and wild animals, eventually arriving at a refuge camp in Ethiopia. Three years later, when it too was invaded, he fled on foot once more, this time to Kenya. "I was motivated by a desire to stay alive," Jacob told me.