I’m grateful for how much I’ve been able to travel around the world — the global outlook I’ve gained is one of the main reasons we AbFob girls think being an immigrant can be a positive experience. One of the cities that has seared itself in my memory is Cairo, Egypt, where I lived for a month during the summer of my freshman year in college, working with Sudanese refugees. (As a very brief background, the violent conflict in Sudan has displaced millions of people from their homes, many of whom traveled to neighboring Egypt, living there for years while the fighting ensued in their home country.) The NY Times just wrote a moving piece on the homecoming of a Sudanese refugee, one of the many “Lost Boys” of Sudan who sought refuge in the US.
For those who don’t have time to read the full article, here’s a video clip. I was stirred by Joseph Gatyoung Khan’s internal struggle on whether to return to Sudan for good, where his family lived, or to stay in the US. While I obviously can’t imagine how much he’s been through, I felt like I could relate with his predicament.
Sudan will hold a critical national vote in January 2011 to determine whether the conflicting North and South should split. Many Sudanese immigrants living in the US will return home to vote.
For more on what’s happening in Sudan, George Clooney has done a great job at raising awareness on the conflict.
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