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‘Lost boy’ finds UF and way to help his homeland


Since losing his parents at age 6 when Northern Sudanese Arabs militias waged war on Southern Sudan, Jacob Atem has had a perilous yet rewarding journey to the University of Florida. Now a doctoral student and co-founder of the Southern Sudan Health Care Organization, he shares his experiences from walking thousands of miles between Sudan and Kenya to rebuilding Sudan’s health care system.

Photo by Laurie Hice Michaelson