Reuniting David With His Family
Team Member: Jody Horn
EVENT DATE Dec 26, 2016
Riley Dolan wrote -
David Akuein is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
What does this mean?
It means his mother loved him so much that she let him go to the United States when he was only 12 years old in order to be safe and obtain an education in a free country.
That was 16 years ago. He hasn’t seen her since—and he wants to go home to see her and his only remaining sibling, his sister, this Christmas. He has now been in the United States longer than he was with his family.
He’s going home to see her and you can help.
David’s story is tragic and difficult for him to discuss. He was born in 1988 and was “born into Civil War,” as he describes. He escaped his village while hanging on tightly to his uncle’s neck. He spent his childhood in a refugee camp after his entire family (except for his mother and sister) were killed. His twin was killed in front of him.
He wasn’t alone in that 2.5 million were displaced and had to flee their homes in South Sudan due to the Civil War.
David honored her by finishing high school while living with a foster family. He didn’t stop there. He went on to earn his college degree from Pacific Lutheran University and earned one graduate degree. Oh, and yes, he’s in the process of earning his second graduate degree.
While he was a financially strapped college student, he sent money home to his mother and sister. His mother is of ill health. A doctor’s visit for her is $100. David pays for it. A night in a hotel is between $200 and $400. When he visits, he will need to stay in a hotel as his mother and sister are still in a refugee camp. He will need meals and his transportation is expected to cost more than $5,000.
Please give what you can and help share David’s story so we can reunite a mother with her son; a brother with his sister.