Masters Student in International Development and Governance (MIDG), Tsinghua University
In 1983, one year before I was born, my country slipped into 22 years of civil war. This forced my family into exile in 1990 and ended in secession in 2011. I grew up in exile (Central African Republic, MBOKI – a refugee camp) where I received basic education. Education in the refugee camp was not easily accessible; thanks to the Catholic Church, I went to Uganda for high school and to Khartoum for a diploma course in philosophy. Thereafter, I struggled to fund my undergraduate degree in Development Studies at Nkumba University in ENTEBBE, Uganda.
Throughout my life I have experienced happy as well as depressed moments. I would say I was most disheartened by the human suffering in South Sudan. Therefore, the only thing I thought would help prevent human suffering, the images of which remain imprinted in my mind, was to attain more knowledge to bring about transformation. My experience in life has remained a light for my path toward realizing meaningful change towards structural and functional policy that can foster sustainable peace and meaningful development.
During my undergraduate coursework, I worked for Harvard Humanitarian Initiative as a Research Assistant in the Western Equatoraia State of South Sudan. After my graduation in 2014, I worked for GLOBAL AIM as Child Protection Officer. Thereafter, I was employed by Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) to work as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer in JUBA, South Sudan for two years (2015 – 2017). I am one of the BIARI 2017 alumni of the Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Institute. All these positions were under humanitarian programs responding to emergency situations in South Sudan. Currently, I am at Tsinghua University working on a two-year Masters in International Development and Governance (MIDG).