Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Former Sudanese Child Soldier Turns Around His Life And Becomes NSW Australian Of The Year

One has no control over the environment they are born into. But what they do with it totally depends on them. There are people who were born into some of the most luxurious lives one can only imagine, but some end up ruining their own lives. There also a few who were born in some of the worst living conditions, but that helped them turn their lives around and leave a legacy behind. These people didn’t give up in the face of the horrors of the world. Instead, they stood tall against any situation life threw at them. Here is one such person who didn’t succumb to the hardships of life.

This former child soldier is now a criminal lawyer.

Deng Adut was a child soldier who became a refugee in Australia after his escape from Sudan, his homeland. He is now a criminal lawyer and has been crowned New South Wales Australian of the Year. The journey from a child soldier to a criminal lawyer was not an easy one. But that didn’t stop him from moving forward.

This former child soldier is now a criminal lawyer.

dengadut / Instagram

He received this honor from the Premier of New South Wales.

Deng has been recognized for his contributions towards reducing discrimination, helping juvenile offenders and promoting inclusiveness. Earlier this month, he received the top honor from Premier Mike Baird of NSW in Sydney.

He received this honor from the Premier of New South Wales.

Australian of the Year Awards / Facebook

Deng Adut became a child soldier at the age of six.

Deng was forced to fight as a child soldier in Sudan when was just six years old. He was later smuggled out of the country and brought to Australia. The 33-year-old who now regards Australia as his home stated, “You are not Australian because you are born in Australia. You are Australian because Australia is born in you”.

Deng Adut became a child soldier at the age of six.

dengadut / Instagram

He taught himself to read English.

One can judge his dedication and resolve from the fact that he taught himself to read English at the age of 15. He then studied law and now runs the AC Law Group in Sydney. He has taken up fighting for members of the Sudanese community from his home in Blacktown in Sydney's western region.

He taught himself to read English.

dengadut / Instagram

His astounding achievements were brought to light through an advertisement.

When asked about the award, he said he had never imagined that he would be recognized for his efforts in the legal field on such a large scale. “I never dreamed of anything, even (being) a fisherman.” It was during an advertising campaign for Western Sydney University that his astounding achievements caught the eye of the public.

His astounding achievements were brought to light through an advertisement.

Western Sydney University / YouTube

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