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caption=”Scholarship winner Makwei Mabioor Deng, 23, plans to return to his Sudanese homeland to practice law.”]
Two years ago, Makwei Mabioor Deng had never seen a computer or a library full of books. For 16 years he lived in a Sudanese refugee camp after his village was destroyed. But, today he has access to those things and more educational resources he could imagine as a student at George Washington University.
Student activists on campus wanted to help young people from the war-torn region by setting up a scholarship. Makwei was a awarded a scholarship worth more than $200,000 to study at GW. But, the scholarship has one major condition. Makwei must go back and educate his people or pay the money back.
Makwei, 23, plans to fulfill that obligation. He plans on becoming a lawyer and move back to Sudan. “I what to replace battlefield with courtroom, guns and bullets with legal representation, and open confrontation with negotiation around the table.”
it doesn’t seem to me like becoming a lawyer will do any good in sudan, but i support what this man is trying to do, reform his country and help stabilize it.
We have two questions for Makwei:
1. Why was your village destroyed?
2. Did you ever feel hopeless while you were living in the refugee camp?