An Interview with Awichu Akwanya

An Interview with Awichu Akwanya

 

These are interviews with Awichu Akwanya who is originally from Pakwach, Uganda but currently resides in City Heights, San Diego.  He was born in November of 1974 and migrated to the United States when he was 29 years old, seeking asylum.  Awichu has 23 siblings who are dispersed throughout the world: in London, Uganda, and the Middle East.  An amazing fact about Awichu is that he speaks 9 languages.  In this interview, Awichu discussed his life in Uganda, his journey to America, and his desire to continue with his education and to be reunited with his family. He also spoke about the effects of war on his family, and the lingering impact of his experience as a child soldier on his current life. Finally, Awichu is adamant about the importance of keeping alive the culture—especially the food and music—of Uganda, no matter where Ugandans are in the world.

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