Author(s): Terry Whitebeach
Obulejo dreams he is standing by the stream with his friend Riti, hauling in spangled tilapia fish, one after the other ...Tat-tat-tat-tat! Brrrmm! Rrrrr! Ul-lu-lu-lu-lah! Obulejo slams awake, heart racing, and scrambles up off his mat. Gunshots and screams jab the air. Flashes of light pierce the darkness. The Rebels! Run!..Obulejo's name means 'trouble tomorrow' in the Ma'di language, and there is plenty of trouble for sixteen-year-old Obulejo when his town is attacked by Rebel troops. Separated from family and close friends, Obulejo flees into the hills and then makes a terrifying journey, full of danger from wild animals and pursuing soldiers. Once across the border in a refugee camp, he is safer but has no future - until he joins a pioneering peace education program and begins to find ways to create a more hopeful life for himself and others.
Dr Terry Whitebeach is a Tasmanian writer, historian and community artist who has performed, presented conference papers and taught creative writing in community, workplace and educational settings. Her publications include poetry, radio plays, novels for young adults and biographies or life histories. Trouble Tomorrow is her fourth collaborative project with Sarafino Enadio...Sarafino Enadio is a Ma'di man from South Sudan who has been working in conflict resolution for almost 20 years, having trained as a peace educator during his time in a refugee camp in Kenya. After migrating to Australia, he completed a teacher's aide course and a BA from the University of Tasmania, and is now studying for a Masters Degree. A leader in his local community, he is also choirmaster for the African choir in Hobart. He has jointly authored two picture books and a memoir...