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Last Updated: 05/12/2005Going back
Yassir Kori is one of the first people I met at the University for Peace. One day on my way home, he sat next to me on the bus and we exchanged stories about what brought us to this little corner of the world in Costa Rica his was by far the better one. From his easy-going demeanor and friendly smile, you would never guess the trials that have led him from his home in Sudan, on foot through several African countries, and finally to the United States, where he has lived as a refugee for many years.
In this interview, Yassir talks about the passion that led him to enroll in the International Law and Settlement of Disputes program at UPEACE, and also about where that passion will take him after UPEACE. Yassir is currently applying for entrance into doctorate programs in Public Administration. The story of his flight from his homeland is detailed in the Diaries section of this month s Peace & Conflict Monitor, and can be viewed here.
I have been engaged in many various political activities, basically and primarily for human rights activism. The second thing, as a result of this activity there was a lot of persecution. Because of this belief and because of religious belief as well, is to me the reasons that led me to leave the country. But the basic one that let me leave the country permanently, which was the last, was the political activities in the area of human rights issues.
course, I have a mission to serve my people by any means. It s doesn t matter to
save my life, myself, like that when others are suffering there. It makes me
think about them all the time - how to sensitize, encourage them to serve one
another. So I m going to go back whenever there is peace and stability. I will
go back if there is, but if not, of course I m here, and I ve been admitted to
stay in the
And if there s peace, it would be good for me to go back and set up the new government, especially since there is an agreement that has been signed between the rebel part and the government to give self-determination to the people of the south and other marginalized regions as well. (Those regions) have been given self-autonomy for a 6-year period to decide if they want to be part of the south or the north, or if they want to have independence. My region is part of that, so if my region happens to become an independent state, who will organize the government in that region? I will be targeted to do that. So I want to prepare myself, get a degree that will give me knowledge to organize a better government and create better governance in comparison to other developing nations.