Students from Missouri Western State University and other visitors participated in a panel discussion Wednesday night that highlighted a refugee’s perspective and the struggles they face.
The six panelists included two local refugee resettlement leaders, two Western faculty members, and two former refugees.
Deihu Atem, a U.S. citizen who is from South Sudan, lived in refugee camps for over eight years before coming to America.
Atem said he was forced to flee his home because of a civil war between “north” Sudan and his home country. He added that his being a refugee is a “challenge of survival” and that he sometimes went days without eating food.
“I don’t like war because I have seen it. I have felt it. My restless body was there,” he said. “There was nothing back home left, everything that the human life depends on was all gone. You are apart from all the rest of your relatives and you’re just there in a lonely society yourself. Whereby your dreams and hope sometimes disappear.”
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