– Samuel Nen Joh had to flee South Sudan after the North Sudanese government attacked his village
– He stayed in a refugee camp in Uganda for two years before his brother found him and took him to the Kakuma camp in Kenya
– The young man was lucky and later managed to go to Australia and go back to school
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The road to success is always under construction. It was very rough and tough for a South Sudanese man who now lives in Australia, but that didn’t stop him from being the person he wanted to be.
Samuel Nen John was born and raised in Leer in the state of Unity in southern Sudan.
The young man told QUT his weed to appreciate the story and said he was forced to flee his home in 2000 when his village was badly attacked by the northern Sudanese government.
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When he arrived at the border, he and other children were selected by the Ugandan police and taken to a refugee camp in northern Uganda.
He stayed in the refugee camp for two years and in 2003 his brother, a former child soldier, found out that he was in Uganda.
“He came and picked me up and took me to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya where he lived,” he said.
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Fortunately, he had the opportunity to travel to Australia on a refugee visa in 2007, where he attended Coorparoo Secondary College as an ESL student.
He couldn’t speak English at the time and had to learn how to speak and write in the language.
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He graduated from high school as an ESL student in 2009 and got the opportunity to study engineering at QUT, where things got very interesting to him.
“My first year was a general entry level for engineering students, and my second year I chose to study aerospace, avionics, and electrical engineering,” he said.
According to him, he chose this career path because he was interested in understanding the functions of the helicopter gun that had driven them from their village.
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He completed a 12 month internship with Quality Avionics at Archerfield Airport and also worked for Signal Automation, also known as Livezi.
Determined to do the best of his career, he left Signal Automation and joined Airbus in 2017.
“Airbus is the only place where you can learn in the workplace. From refugee to Airbus, this is so great that you can do it,” he said.The man from Homa Bay, who was abandoned by his wife after losing his leg in a train accident, asks for help“The road to success has been very difficult and rough, but here I am at Airbus that I never dreamed of,” he added.
With the support of his lecturers and teachers it is possible for him to achieve his goals.
“Sometimes in life we have to make very difficult decisions to get where we are. Don’t just give up. There are many options,” he said.
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