Bragg soldier's mother faints at his return to Africa
Posted January 26, 2015
Fayetteville, N.C. — 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.