Jacob Atem

Christian. Husband. Philanthropist.


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As one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan, Jacob will share his experience about the journey from Sudan to Ethiopia to Kenya and finally immigrating to the United States. In this powerful celebration of learning and heartfelt gratitude to his roots, Jacob will tell a story that is as unique as any you’ve ever heard.

Jacob Atem is a “Lost Boy of Sudan” and was brought to the United States where he settled in Michigan as a refugee and placed in a foster home. He attended and graduated from Webberville High School (WHS) and attended Spring Arbor University (SAU). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Masters of Public Health degree from Michigan State University (MSU). Currently, Jacob Atem is a first year PhD student at University of Florida (UF) and he is married to Linda James and now resides in Gainesville Florida. In his spare time, Jacob travels across the country speaking at colleges, schools, community events, and houses of worship bringing awareness to the atrocities being committed in the Darfur region of Sudan and promoting his non-profit organization, the Southern Sudan Health Care Organization (www.sshco.org). SSHCO has been set up to support the people of Southern Sudan by providing healthcare facilities, education, and supplies.


TEDx UF 2012
2.11.12
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
11am - 4pm