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Joel Loum Okumu

Refugee who fled war-torn Uganda wins prestigious Shakespeare scholarship

MELBOURNE: Seventeen-year-old Joel Loum Okumu fled war-torn Uganda not to seek fortune, but to protect himself from impending security dangers in his home country. However, one amazing twist of fate gave his life a proper direction. Joel –  who arrived in Australia as a refugee, lost his parents after a horrific crime and only started acting two years ago –  has again exceeded his own expectations, by being named a recipient of one of the country’s most prestigious arts scholarships. Okumu - who arrived in Australia…