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Achut Deng was born in South Sudan and came to America as a refugee when she was 16 years old, a story she recounts in her memoir, Don't Look Back, co-authored with Keely Hutton. Achut is now an American citizen and works a a safety coordinator at a meat-packing plant in South Dakota, where she also resides. Besides being an author, she is also a motivational speaker, and the mother of three sons.

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