Canberrans invited to sample South Sudanese cuisine and support White Nile Women

Glynis Quinlan 24 July 2018

Athok, Traza and Achol of White Nile Women are bringing the delights of South Sudanese cuisine to Canberra. Photo: Wonderlight Photography (supplied by Global Sisters).

Canberrans have the chance to enjoy the delights of South Sudanese cuisine and show their support for a new food catering venture being established by three refugees by attending a ‘Karma Kitchen’ three-course dinner on July 31.

Achol Aguer, Athok Bol and Traza Brag left behind the death and violence of war-torn Sudan to establish new lives in Australia and are looking to share the healthy, exotic and flavour-packed food of their homeland with Canberrans.

Supporting the White Nile Women in their quest is the award-winning Daana Indian restaurant in Curtin which will take the food journey to Africa for its sixth Karma Kitchen@Daana evening which is a regular event dedicated to supporting a cause or charity in the community.

Sanjay Kumar and Sunita Kumar are the award-winning chefs at Daana restaurant which is supporting White Nile Women. Photo: Maryann Mussared.

There will be two meal sittings for the event, starting at 6 pm and 8 pm, with no price tag for guests booking in to attend.

Instead, guests will be asked to show their appreciation for their three-course meal and their support for White Nile Women through a ‘pay it forward’ or ‘pay as you wish’ process.

Achol, Athok and Traza will be putting their catering skills to good use on the night, cooking up a three-course menu full of traditional delights.

The entree will be Taamiyah (falafel) or Kufta (lamb meatball), while for the main there will be a choice of a vegetarian option or a meat option.

The vegetarian main will feature Addes (lentil and spinach stew) or Okra and tomatoes while the meat main will be Bamia (Lamb, Okra and tomato stew) or Chicken drummettes in Sudanese spices.

Staples will include rice, Kisera (sorghum), Injera (rice or sorghum or maize) and Pearl Couscous.

Dessert includes a choice of Basboosa (semolina cake), Fatera (deep-fried pastry dusted with icing) or Dinka dessert (semolina & yoghurt).

Achol, Athok and Traza arrived in Australia separately between 2003 and 2005, escaping the horrors of Sudan’s civil war and the trauma of years in refugee camps.

Athok lost her husband and first-born child on the border of South Sudan and Ethiopia, while Achol spent many years in refugee camps in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. For more of their often heart-wrenching story, please click here.

The women are pursuing their business dreams with the aid of Global Sisters, an organisation dedicated to assisting women to rise above difficult circumstances to start their own micro-businesses.

Global Sisters Canberra Accelerator Lead, Sandra Lloyd, said that White Nile Women is offering a unique food experience for Canberrans.

“People will get to know them and long for their food,” said Sandra.

“It’s really healthy. They sometimes use vegetables that we’re not familiar with and so it’s a real cultural experience.”

The Karma Kitchen@Daana event will be held on Tuesday, July 31 at 6 pm and 8 pm, with bookings essential.

To take part, please go to or phone 5105 1048.

As well, anyone interesting in booking White Nile Women or in finding out more about their catering business should email

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