Nevada: Biar Atem

Nevada: Biar Atem

State: Nevada

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 …

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