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Peter was born into a family of cattle farmers in Sudan. He grew up during a decades-long conflict that is one of the longest civil wars on record. When he was young, he was separated from his parents and sent to live in a refugee camp in Kenya.
When representatives from the United States government met Peter in the refugee camp in 2001, they measured his height and stature to guess his age and year of birth. The year they selected was 1980, making him 36 years old. Even then, it’s only a guess.
She ended up serving in The Gambia, a small country in West Africa. “I didn’t even know the name,” Kara says. “I had never heard of it.”