"My name is Solomon Awan. I was born in Sudan before South Sudan became an independent State. After the independence, I fall under the new state of South Sudan.
I love South Sudan. Live was peaceful until the Sudan’s civil war began in the 80s.
Due to the civil war, I left Sudan in 1987 for refugee camp in Ethiopia then to Kenya. I lived in those two camps for the total of 13 years, 4 years in Ethiopia and 9 in Kenya.
It was after refugee camp in Kenya when I was given an opportunity to come to the United States in 2001.
Integration to the new culture here in the US was not easy, but it turns out well. I was able to make new friends that helped me navigate the system. Through the help of my new American friends, I was able to go to college and successfully graduate.
Now I am happily married and have a career I am proud of."