Hello! My name is Martha Nakiru and I am a South Sudanese by nationality, currently living in Kenya at Kakuma refugee camp. I live together with my elder brother Amos. I came to Kakuma with my mother and brother when a conflict started between South Sudan and Sudan, I was only one year old. When we arrived in Kenya we were registered by UNHCR as refugees, placed in a camp, and issued with a ration card.
After that, I enrolled in primary school in the refugee camp and later moved to Angelina Jolie's primary boarding school.
Later on, I graduated from Morneau Shapel Secondary School. My family has gone through a lot of difficulties and that is also why I wanted to succeed in my life through education - so that I could give my mother a better life, eventually outside of the refugee camp. Unfortunately, she passed away while I was doing my final exams in 2018. I was so devastated but I never lost hope in my life. I realized that my elder brother needed me and I could not just quit on him.
I started to follow my dream by enrolling in media training which equipped me with the skills of being a photographer lady. Most girls don't like it because of all responsibilities that require: camera settings, choosing the setting, and most importantly carrying heavy equipment. For me, that's what I like most about being a photographer lady. I love to be challenged and do things that people think only men can do. I want to represent my people in Kenya and mostly inspire girls through my actions: to chase their dreams and not end up somewhere behind the office desk, unless it's their dream.