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Deval Patrick on Foreign Policy

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1978: Rockefeller fellow on UN Development Program in Sudan

The Michael Clark Rockefeller Traveling Fellowship was established to enable an individual to spend a year in a distinctly non-Western culture. I chose Sudan. All I knew was that Sudan was the largest country in Africa as well as the poorest.

As a Rockefeller fellow, I was responsible for creating much of my own program, and that meant finding an employer. I wrote to everyone I knew with a contact in Africa, specifically in Sudan. Relief agencies, banks, universities, volunteer organizations--you name it. I sent scores of letters and received one reply. A man who worked for a UN Development Programme project in Khartoum wrote a friendly letter saying that he was not sure what I would do when I got there, but he would figure it out and I should come. I set about applying for my 1st passport.

Source: A Reason to Believe, by Gov. Deval Patrick, p. 61-63 , Apr 12, 2011

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