Meet Yel Anei - Aspiring Civil Engineer
Yel was born in 1988 near Marial Bai in the village of Manyiel. Everyone in Yel’s family was illiterate. During the war, he first stayed with his father to help protect the family’s cattle. But with constant school interruption, his father sent him to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya when he was fifteen. After peace came to South Sudan in 2005, Yel returned home to Manyiel and finished primary school.
Yel was so excited by the opening of Marial Bai Secondary School. He applied and gratefully joined the inaugural freshman class.
He remembers struggling with math during freshman year, but then falling in love with physics. He fondly remembers doing experiments in the science lab - complete with microscopes, Bunsen burners, and chemicals. In 2012, he was a member of the first graduating class. He remembers celebrating with all the students’ families, singing traditional songs and dancing traditional dances.
After graduation, he moved to Juba and underwent the complicated process of applying to university. He was accepted into the University of Rajasthan in India to study civil engineering. It was a tough academic curriculum but he got through it. He recently graduated and is going back to Juba where he hopes to get a job building South Sudan’s roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure throughout the country needs.