Sameer Kafur

From: Nuba Mountains, Sudan

The University of Rochester

Class of 2015

Desired Major: Economics and Philosophy

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Sameer Kuku Kafur has developed a nuanced understanding of the complex sociological and political forces at work in his native Nuba Mountains, where there is “no war, but no peace.” He seeks an education that will help him promote “balanced” development in Sudan. Sameer’s dedication to the Nuba Mountains is unwavering as he is constantly engaging on the situation that his family and friends face. Sameer is an active member of the Diaspora group, the Nuba Mt. Association.  In his current work he is assisting humanitarian Ryan Boyette with translation and transcription of videos he sending  from the Sudans.

“Northern Arab is not one block [,] most of them are good hearted, special those who are out of power circles…And if we think about revenge, Sudan will enter into closed circles of violence which will finish the green and dry, I heard som young men from south Sudan Nuba mountains and Darfur saying that one day we will force Arab to drink from same cup which we already drunk, I told them “two wrongs don’t make correct.”

-Excerpt from Sameer’s Banaa Application Essay

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