Solomon returns, Congressional briefing to come

by Kim Melchert

Graduate student Kou Solomon will arrive in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon after being in Sudan since spring break working to find answers for a number of child abductions there.

His nieces, Yar and Ajak, were abducted last October.

Solomon departed for south Sudan earlier this spring after hearing of the abduction of his two nieces from their home in Bor County, Jonglei .

The result of his work with the Sudanese government has resulted with a scheduled Congressional briefing on July 28 in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Bernard , project coordinator of the University Human Rights Program and recent graduate, said Solomon originally didn’t know when he would return but he now plans to resume classes in the fall.

He said Soloman’s stories from his time in Sudan will aid in the briefing.

“We just felt that his personal story would be the most powerful element at that presentation,” Bernard said.

The presentation will be given by Solomon, Bernard and another recent University graduate, Tracy Bongart .

The purpose of the briefing will be to exchange information and call the federal government to act.

“The briefing is for Kou to review what he has learned with fellow U of M students and recent graduates who have been working with him since October to resolve the systematic child abduction in his native state of Sudan,” Bernard said.