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David Nyuol Vincent fled South Sudan’s civil war with his father when he was a child. They made it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia but were separated and David was trained as a child soldier.

18 years after leaving South Sudan, David was given a humanitarian visa to come to Australia in 2004. He was awarded a scholarship and completed a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Political Science & Criminology at the University of Melbourne.

He has spent the years since gaining extensive experience working with young people through community development and family support programs.

In the last six years he has started a number of programs in Melbourne and South Sudan, and also co-founded the Sudanese Summit, an annual event held in Juba aimed at empowering South Sudanese youth to participate more in decision-making and become agents of change.

A true humanitarian, David has created a cross-cultural NGO, Peace Palette, which works towards the empowerment of communities by drawing on local skills and knowledge.

Recently he was appointed as Australia people Ambassador and one of Melbourne’s Top 100 most influencial, inspirational, provocative and creative people for 2011.

David became a published author with his book “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die” released in July 2012.

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