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Gabriel Deng: Renewed Hope of a Lost Boy of Sudan

Thursday, April 03, 2014, 03:00pm - 04:30pm

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Gabriel Bol Deng
, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, will speak in Spain Auditorium on Thursday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. 

Deng has overcome unbelievable obstacles in life. He was 10 years old when North Sudanese Murahileen militiamen led a violent attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He fled into a forest, not knowing the fate of his parents or siblings. After his escape, Gabriel embarked on a perilous four-month long journey, crossing the Nile River and untold miles of desert; surviving disease, and devastating hunger to reach the Dimma Refugee Camp in Ethiopia. In 1988, he had a life-changing dream in which he was reminded of his parents’ charge to him as a young boy: that he could move mountains with the power of hope. This mantra continues to guide Gabriel.

Documented in his film Rebuilding Hope, Deng returned to his war-torn home in 2007 to search for his family, rebuild Sudanese schools — including the Ariang School in his hometown — and provide health services for local residents. 

Today, instead of traveling for survival as he once did as a refugee, Gabriel now travels to inspire others with the mantra that helped him overcome extraordinary odds: Resilience, respect, a positive attitude, hard work, and the power of dreams can empower individuals to reach their full potential. has built a reputation as an informative and passionate public speaker in an effort to create awareness of the suffering of the millions of people in his native Sudan. 

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This presentation is made possible by Rhodes College International Studies and GlobeMed at Rhodes College.




Location  Spain Auditorium


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