Thon Moses Chol is Educational Resource Specialist with Washington, D.C. Government. Born in Duk Padiet, Jonglei State in South Sudan, Mr. Chol fled his hometown at age 4 to escape civil war and lived in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, experiencing treacherous travel, severe hunger and malnutrition before being assisted to come to the United States in 2000 by the Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services (LIRS). Placed under foster care in Michigan, he thrived, became actively engaged in the refugee community and foster care system, and decided to go to school and later advance to college. Mr. Chol has testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representative and served as an intern for Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow in Washington, D.C.
In 2010, Mr. Chol helped to identify genuine South Sudan nationals who voted for the national referendum for a separate state, and was featured prominently on BBC World News and Al-Jazeera Network. He now serves in the LIRS Board and as the State of Maryland Delegate to the UNHCR’s Refugee Congress. He has a BA and MA in Social Work from Western Michigan. In December 2011, together with a group of other “Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan,” he is traveling back to South Sudan for the first time after two decades to foster peaceful co-existence and reconciliation among different tribes in the new Republic.