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From turmoil to forgiveness: how to become whole

Deng Adut

Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People's Liberation Army at age 6. Every day, he literally fought for his life. Hear what happened and what it takes to become whole.

33-year-old South Sudanese child soldier-turned-Blacktown lawyer, Deng Adut moved hearts in 2015, when a short video about his life went viral. The clip, which has attracted more than 2.5 million views to date, was produced by Adut's alma mater, Western Sydney University.

Deng, who was conscripted into the Sudan People's Liberation Army at six years old, had never been to school. He came to Australia as a refugee aged 14, taught himself to read, write and speak English, and went on to win a scholarship to study law in 2005. He now has his own law practice with offices in Sydney, Parramatta, Blacktown and Redfern, and he spends much of his free time working with disenfranchised youth and refugees.

Education
Humanity
2017