Deng Mayik Atem's Journey Across Worlds

A child of Africa and refugee from war, Deng Mayik Atem came to the United States in 1995. Trained to be a child soldier, he has since received a college degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration. Currently working on his memoir, “A Journey Across Worlds, Deng hopes that his story will help Americans to understand the plight of refugees and to help the people of his homeland, South Sudan, to find meaningful dialog that will help end the civil war that ravishes his home.

You said in your article – “Our nation of South Sudan has been birthed with great pain. We have freed ourselves from oppressors and from foreign powers. The battle has been at a great price of suffering and the deaths of many of our brothers and sisters. While we can take pride in that which we have accomplished, we owe it to those who have fought and died for our freedom that we not allow our egos to distort victory into feeling that we are somehow better than others.” – Deng Mayik Atem

No state, no tribe, no community has a claim on this shared accomplishment. It is all of us working together who have created our country. For us to build a better nation, we must avoid politics—especially negative politics—of identity or locality, because such beliefs pull people towards their lowest values rather than their highest achievements.

As part of his personal efforts to help the children of South Sudan, Deng asks you to support The Foundation for the Children of South Sudan.   South Sudan is a nation of villages. The majority of our children are growing up without clean water, adequate healthcare, and education. No matter what their tribe, no matter what their region, our children are not being given adequate access to these three basics. The Foundation for the children of  South Sudan  wants to change that situation. Our mission is simple, to provide boys and girls living in small communities all over South Sudan with three foundation stones for their future: clean water, adequate healthcare, and basic education.

The Foundation’s Vision, South Sudan has many great resources, but the most wonderful of these is our people. Someday, educated South Sudanese from every tribe and region will be doctors, nurses, business people, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, and more. They will be healthy and strong. They will be leaders in the world. Those people are the children of today. They can only reach that potential if such basic needs as water, healthcare, and education are available. Today we dig a well, bandage a cut, and sound out the letters in a new schoolbook; tomorrow we have the pride of being a nation of accomplishment.  You can DONATE Today.

 

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