The below story is an abridged excerpt from an article published about Mutasim Ali on the George Washington University Law School website. You can read the original article in full at this link.
“It is almost unimaginable to me, thinking of where I was 15 even 10 years ago, that I would be here in this place,” said Mutasim Ali, who is currently pursuing an LLM in the International & Comparative Law Program at GW Law. “This is the greatest opportunity of my life.”
Originally from Darfur, Sudan, Mutasim has been a displaced person since 2003. A former political prisoner in Sudan, he fled the country to seek refugee status in Israel, where he became an activist and spent over 8 years advocating for refugee rights in Israel. Eventually, he decided to pursue law school in 2015.
“I actually applied to law school when I was in prison in Israel. I didn’t have money. I didn’t have anything,” Mutasim said. “My friends and the community helped me through the process of applying, and I received a scholarship that enabled me to go to school.”
While at law school, Mutasim was granted refugee status in Israel, making it possible for him to continue his legal studies in the US.
Mutasim hopes to return to Sudan and help draft a constitution that would ensure justice and equal rights for the people in his country.
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