From Sudan To Las Vegas: One Man’s Journey | Nevada Public Radio
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‘Lost Boy’ in Las Vegas, other refugees find help comes early but doesn’t last forever | Las Vegas Review-Journal When he arrived in the United States as a refugee from Sudan in 2001, Biar Atem wanted to seize his new chance by assimilating quickly.
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Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada assists many refugees in the area with their transition to the United States, such as through helping refugees find jobs and housing. One of the beneficiaries of such programs, our delegate Biar, came to the United States in 2001 and represents the eagerness of refugees to succeed and assimilate after being resettled. His story was featured in the journal because he represents the work ethic and hope that resettled refugees carry. Read the full story here:
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Delegate Biar Atem been busy the past few months! In January, he was interviewed by students from Alexander Dawson School in Las Vegas, who did a video story about him for the U.S. for C-Span Student Contest. Biar spoke to the congregation at Unity Church Las Vegas. He also shared his story and, along with Carisa Ramirez-Lopez, Catholic Charities VP of Immigration and Refugee Services, spoke about refugees and the resettlement program in Nevada with the North Valley Democratic Club.
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Nevada delegate, Biar Atem conducted an interview with local television program, Hello Mayor!, which was completing a story on the work of Catholic Charities providing much-needed resources and aid to newly-integrating refugees. In this interview Biar shares his story of growing up one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan and his process of transition into life in the US.
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City of Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Country of origin: South Sudan
Arrival in the U.S.: 2001
In 1987, when Mr. Atem was seven years old, civil war drove him and another estimated 20,000 boys from their families and villages in southern Sudan. This group of children who fled to escape death and induction into the northern Sudanese army would come to be known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. After fleeing his country, Mr. Atem spent 13 years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before he …Read More »