What Makes Us Strong: A Sudanese Refugee’s ExperienceJuly 16th, 2008Micklina PeterPresident, Community of Sudanese and American Women/MenHost: Bill Semple, LCSW
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About the Presentation
Micklina Peter will present her personal journey as a refugee from the strife-torn Southern Sudan years ago, as she traveled through Kenya and on to the United States. Her family was scattered, some killed, some unheard from, some recently reunited here. While she is pursuing a double major at CU, she is also enlivened by a deep concern from her sense of duty to help other Sudanese refugees. The tragedies and adversities she as faced have led her to become the President of the Community of Sudanese and American Woman/Men (CSAW) here in Boulder. She has inspired a group of CSAW volunteers to organize to help in the resettlement in Boulder of up to 40 Sudanese women and child refugees (much like the Lost Boys of Sudan who have come earlier), some of whom are here already. While we often see the debilitating nature of war, Micklina’s heartfelt response to her experience demonstrates the strength and humanity that can grow from facing and responding directly to adversity.
About the Presenter
Micklina Peter, is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s Degree at CU in Women’s Studies. In addition she is very involved with the South Sudanese community in the Boulder area. She has drawn on her own experience to be a moving force in the successful integration of many refugees into life here in Boulder, while also honoring the traditions from which they come. She has also inspired many local volunteers to participate in supporting new arrivals in this challenging transition.