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David Nyuol Vincent

David Nyuol Vincent is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He was trained as a child soldier in Ethiopia and lived as a refugee in Kenya until he was twenty-six. Since rebuilding his life here in Australia, David has become an advocate for refugees and the Sudanese community and he is a Victorian Human Rights Youth Ambassador and a People of Australia Ambassador. He also helped to set up an all-Sudanese refugee football team, the Western Tigers, in the Brimbank soccer league. David is a true humanitarian and is committed to achieving peace for his people in Sudan.

David is an experienced facilitator and trainer, and Conflict Mitigation and Stabilisation specialist. With an excellent understanding of conflict dynamics in East Africa, he was recently part of a United Nations-led team that trained the Peace Mobilisers in the 10 states of South Sudan. He has received many awards for his work in reconciliation and multi-culturalism, and cited as the Top 100 most influential persons in Melbourne in 2011. Fluent in English, Dinka, Swahili and Arabic, he plays important roles in laying the foundations of trust for sustainable development in his home country of South Sudan.

David is the author of his memoir, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die, the story of his transition from his forced role as a child soldier to an accomplished peace leader. David works out of Melbourne (Australia) and Juba (South Sudan).


  • Refugee settlement and experience in Australia
  • Racism and diversity
  • Reconciliation
  • Social inclusion/cohesion
  • Faith and hope
  • Courage and resilience
  • Child soldier experience
  • Human rights
  • Working with disenfranchised youth



David was fantastic and we are still receiving great feedback on his speech. We feel very privileged and honoured to have had David come and share his story with us, and his participation in the question and answer discussion also added a depth and perspective everyone was thankful for.

—S. Balch, Treasurer and Events Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Employee Network Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet April 2018

Imagine as a young child you watch your village being burnt down, you walk daily in fear until your shoes fall off, you cry until you have no more tears, you cross the Sahara desert by foot with no food and little water, you don’t know if your mother and father are alive or dead. That is just a small portion of David Vincent’s amazing life story. I can’t even imagine what a tenth of David’s life has been like, and yet his enthusiasm for life is infectious. His story of determination and inspiration is one that must be heard by all ages to ensure that we all make the most of the opportunities that our lives present.

David was outstanding. A truly amazing and inspiring presentation. It is a privilege for me to know him.

—M. Gallus, P-6 Coordinator, PEGS Junior School Boys, November 2012

David was just wonderful as one of my guest speakers in the Melbourne Conversations event I curated with the City of Melbourne – articulate, gently funny without being cocky or over the top, modest and wise. He told stories about learning to read and write under a tree and gave sagacious advice to audience members to keep on keeping on. A very inspirational man.

—A. Pung, Curator, Melbourne Conversations, October 2012

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