BENJAMIN ALIC GARANG
As a fourth grader, Ben lives with his parents in Falls Church, Virginia, and he goes to St. James Catholic School. Like most kids who dream big and modest at times, Ben wants to learn more about computers with an express aim to secure a job with Best Buy, his favorite shopping store for Nintendo’s and other electronics.
MARIA AYAK KENYANG
Maria, who currently lives with her family in Falls Church, Virginia, is a first-year student at Northern Virginia Community College. She aspires to attain a diploma in nursing or public health. This has been her dream since elementary school at Ajok Village and through adult education in Kenya before moving to America in 2012.
JAMES ALIC GARANG
James holds a PhD in economics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests are in macroeconomics and development economics with a focus on financial sector development. Serving previously as a Senior Economist at Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, Deputy Dean & Assistant Professor of Economics at Upper Nile University in South Sudan, he is now on leave and working in D.C. A prolific writer whose works have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and popular outlets, he also relishes oral stories, a fact which inspired this collection.