Two decades after fleeing a brutal war, a former child refugee from South Sudan realizes a lifelong dream
Gatluak Ramdiet was 9 years old when he was separated from his parents. One morning they went out looking for food and never returned.
His family was living in Sudan at a time when violence in the country had turned to genocide. Government forces and militias were bombing and raiding villages, causing thousands of orphaned children to flee the country on foot. Gatluak — who goes by “Gat” for short — was one of those children. He and his brother walked for nearly a week before reaching a refugee camp in western Ethiopia. It was only then that he stopped scanning the skies for bombs overheard.
Today, nearly 20 years later, Gat is studying at the University of Nebraska College of Law and finishing up a summer internship at the United Nations headquarters in New York. I recently spoke with Gat about his incredible journey and why interning at the UN fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams.