Lost Boy of Sudan to Speak at CSN

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Lost Boy of Sudan to Speak at CSN

Biar Atem will talk about his journey from childhood war refugee to Las Vegas resident

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 16, 2015 – The College of Southern Nevada welcomes Sudanese Lost Boy Biar Atem for “From Sudan to Las Vegas: One Man’s Journey.”

Atem will join CSN’s Department of Human Behavior at noon, Friday, Sept. 18 on the Charleston campus, Building K, room 101, to tell the story of how he became a war refugee at age 7, much like thousands of children in Syria today, and went on to found the nonprofit South Sudan Center of America, located in Las Vegas.

During a terrible civil war in South Sudan, thousands of children fled the country between 1983 and 2005. Many of them resettled in the United States. Atem escaped by walking 1,000 miles to a refugee camp in Kenya. He later settled in Las Vegas, found a janitorial job at a Las Vegas Strip hotel, and started his charitable organization, which works to aid immigrants, reduce poverty, provide scholarships and build schools in South Sudan.

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