Deng Adut named NSW Australian of the year after journey from child soldier to lawyer

Deng Adut named NSW Australian of the year after journey from child soldier to lawyer

Refugee who was smuggled out of Sudan receives award from New South Wales premier Mike Baird at Sydney ceremony

Deng Adut
Deng Adut, a former child soldier in Sudan who is now a criminal lawyer, is the New South Wales Australian of the year.

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.

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