My name is Amer Majak. I am a 26 year old mother of 3 who was born in Sudan and moved to Australia in 2003 with eight of my siblings and my mother in hopes for better education and living standards. I lived in Sydney for most of my residency in Australia, until eventually moving back to South Sudan in 2011. I stayed in South Sudan for five years, where I balanced a newly expanding family as well as voluntary humanitarian work such as donating and funding orphanages and impoverished youth as well as their families around the capital of juba. Moving back to South Sudan was a great eye opener and made me greatly appreciative of the assets and skills that I learned in a higher income country. The political unrest and lack of social security back in South Sudan really made me eager to be an agent of change, paving the way for the future of the world’s newest nation.
Upon moving back to Australia in 2016, I found myself weighed down by my responsibilities as a mother of three young children, one newly born. I knew that I wanted to continue my studies when I returned and refused to let go of my passions and dreams, which is when I decided to pursue aviation. At first it seemed a wild thought and I remember telling my siblings I want to become a pilot and them being shocked, saying “but you’re scared of heights”. I really was and still am scared of heights but the thought of being one of the first South Sudanese females to become a pilot in Australia provided me with a great sense of determination and eager to literally reach greater heights.
I have been involved in many community initiatives, and recently planned a South Sudanese youth Gathering with the Victorian police and youth organisations within Melbourne’s western suburbs regarding the current portrayal and image being depicted by the media and means to resolve these arising issues within my community. I greatly encourage my fellow South Sudanese to follow their dreams and utilise to their greatest extent the benefits and opportunities that a great nation such as Australia has to offer. As I continue to pursue my dreams of soaring across the skies, I hope to continue to set an example for all Africans communities here in Australia, especially women who are often underestimated, to not be afraid to break down barriers and follow their dreams in such a male dominated world. No dream is too big to achieve. One individual’s steps can pave the way for change to follow.