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Bragg soldier's mother faints at his return to Africa

Posted January 26, 2015

— The reunion of one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" with his family in Uganda earlier this month brought hugs, tears and even a fainting spell.

Peter Kuch fled his home at age 8 when his village came under attack during his country's vicious civil war. He spent 10 years in a refugee camp before making his way to the United States. He became an American citizen and joined the Army, rising to the rank of sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg.

Kuch learned in 2003 that his parents, whom he had last seen in 1987, were alive, and in January 2015, at the age of 36, he paid them a visit.

"I know I am a very emotional person so I'm probably going to cry a little bit but happy tears," Kuch told WRAL News before the trip.

His mother was so stunned and pleased to see him that she fainted at the sight of her son.

"I was very emotional too," Kuch said.

He said the 10 days he spent in a Ugandan refugee camp, sharing hugs, handshakes and memories and getting to know his family again fills a hole that had been left in his life.

Kuch will return to the U.S. next week.


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  • MinorityWillbeNewMajority Jan 26, 2015

    Yep, you don't really appreciate America unless you have really lived outside this country. Whatever anyone here says, America remains the only heaven on earth.

  • rocket Jan 26, 2015

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    How do you know they want to move here?

  • Brigand Jan 26, 2015

    I wish there was video of the reunion.

  • AnonyMouseLOL Jan 26, 2015

    Bless their hearts. I pray he finds a way to bring them here to safety and comfort.

  • Beth Pearce Jan 26, 2015
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    This is definitely a "feel good" story!

  • Raleighmomof3 Jan 26, 2015

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    Just what I was thinking.

  • LuvsThePack Jan 26, 2015

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    As a U.S. citizen, he can petition them if they want to come here.

    This is a touching story. Such a shame that this family was torn apart for so many years.

  • Bobby Caudle Jan 26, 2015
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    I sure wish he could bring them home with him

  • Angie Cox Jan 26, 2015
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    what a blessing. too bad they had to miss so many years but glad that are reunited. this is a story that will bring tears to your eyes!

  • Jack Miller Jan 26, 2015
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    Great to read heart-warming news. This kicked off my day nicely.