Nyuol Tong on South Sudan & Navigating Borders
Former South Sudanese refugee and Duke University student Nyuol Tong presented his lecture, "Building a School in South Sudan" at the FHI on October 29th, 2012. As a boy in Sudan, Nyuol Tong wanted nothing more than to go to school. Finally, his village has one because he built it.
During Tong's childhood, Sudan was in the midst of the longest civil war in Africa's history. "As any South Sudanese, the last several decades of civil war have defined who I am and, in fact, have shaped my trajectory," says Tong as he speaks about his family's exodus from their native land.
At age 21, this remarkable young man is founder & director of SELFSudan, a non-profit organization that partners with South Sudanese villages to build schools and empower their communities.
In this interview, we asked Nyuol to speak how borders affect his work, and how his work might address some of the ways in which borders are conceived.