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Can a video game save a life? African refugee puts players in his race for survival – Source Reuters Tech News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The goal of Lual Mayen’s video game is to survive the horrific ordeal of a refugee, an experience that his family knows well, but the 25-year-old developer’s ambition is to change the world.

Video game developer Lual Mayen, 25, who learned to code in a refugee camp after fleeing South Sudan, plays his new game at his home in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 7, REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Mayen, who was born as his family traveled 250 miles (400 km) to escape South Sudan’s second civil war, hopes his game, Salaam, will give players a better understanding of what it means to be homeless, hungry and on the run.

“A lot of people don’t understand the journey of a refugee,” said Mayen, 25, who and spent his first 22 years in a refugee camp in northern Uganda before moving to the United States.

“It was a journey of life and death,” he said, recalling family stories about bomb attacks, wild animals and how babies were abandoned by parents who could no…

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