The Venetian and The Palazzo’s Biar Atem was recently interviewed by KLAS Channel 8 about his life as a refugee and how it brought him to Las Vegas. Atem became a refugee when he fled Sudan at the age of 7, becoming a part of “The Lost Boys of Sudan,” a group of over 20,000 boys who were displaced and orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War. He fled to a refugee camp, separating from his family. With Las Vegas being an ideal relocation for refugees due to its employment opportunities, Catholic Charities took him in and helped him attain legal documentation and get a job.
Today, Atem runs The South Sudan Center, assisting the South Sudanese that currently live in Las Vegas.