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Sudanese woman overcomes traumatic past to pursue education

Like many Scottsdale Community College students, Awout Bagat has a personal story of overcoming long odds to pursue a college degree…but, then again, most students are not from war-torn S. Sudan and weren’t kidnapped at age 10, only to escape four years later and flee the country.

Even with this unimaginable background, Bagat considers herself fortunate to be where she is in life. At age 30, she is married and has six children…the sixth was born during the Spring 2015 semester…and is pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse.


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