March 7, 2011

Receiving and Giving Back

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, 2008 UNC Charlotte graduate and Sudanese refugee, James Lubo Mijak, was profiled in a lengthy article in the Charlotte Observer in an article “Survivor Gives Back”

The article comes full circle in an account of his forced flight from Sudan in 1987 at age 8 to his arrival in Charlotte in 2001, being granted U.S. citizenship in 2007, and finally having an opportunity to visit Sudan. So often it is said that one must know where one came from to know where to go and, according to the article, it was Mijak’s visit that brought into focus his desire and efforts to raise money to build a school in the village of Nyarweng. He still needs $40,000 to reach the $180,000 goal.

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