10 Nov Deng Adut named NSW Australian of the year after journey from child soldier to lawyer
Fighting as a child soldier in Sudan, Deng Adut never dreamed he would have a positive future, let alone be named the New South Wales Australian of the year.
The 33-year-old refugee and criminal lawyer shed tears as he received the top honour from the NSW premier, Mike Baird, at a ceremony in Sydney on Monday night. He said he was beyond surprised.
“I never dreamed of anything,” he said. “Even [being] a fisherman.”
Adut was forced to fight as a child soldier at the age of six in Sudan before he was smuggled out and made it to Australia.