About Jok Dau
Jok Dau – Lost Boy of Sudan, who escaped a brutal civil war in Sudan between the North and South to Ethiopia at the age of six years old without parents. I spent four years in Ethiopia as a refugee in a camp. By 1991, I left Ethiopia under difficult circumstance because of its civil war. I returned to Sudan but the war situation was worse to endure and survive. Therefore, I preceded my terrible journey to Kenya to seek a protection under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR). In 1992, I arrived in Kenya where I spent ten years at Kakuma Refugee Camp. Fortunately, the United States government offered the resettlement to the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan and I came to the United States in June, 2001. My first settlement was Nashville, Tennessee. In 2006, I moved to Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Draughons Junior College in Computer Information Technology. In 2009, I graduated from The Ohio State University, with a major in International Studies, with a focus on International Relationship and Diplomacy, and a minor in International Economics & Social Development.
In 2005, the Sudan government and Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) signed a historic landmark Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended two decades of major hostility. When I learned about the CPA, I decided to visit my home village in 2007 for the first time since I left Sudan in 1987. I went to my village of Piol in Southern Sudan where the unprecedented annihilation was not a surprise to me. There I realized the issue of health as a major problem and set as a foal. I then request the people of my new nation and state to help the people of Piol to get better health services. Along with my cousin Bol Aweng we created a steering committee and start to develop the Buckeye Clinic.
After South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011, I returned and was married. In 2013, along with Steve Walker I returned to arrange future plans for the Buckeye clinic. I then decided to stay in South Sudan with my wife. I found a job with the United Nations Agency for International Development (USAID) assisting with capacity building in the Government of South Sudan Ministry of Finance. I worked there until December 2013 when I was evacuated to Kenya when the civil war broke out. I returned in Juba when the USAID office re-opened, and worked there until the program was de-funded in 2014. I now have a son and live in Juba.