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With help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Nykhor moved to the United States in 1998.
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Nykhor was recently reunited with her parents for the first time in 16 years while in Ethiopia. "Seeing my mother's face was priceless and everything that I dreamt of while I was in the States," she tells i-D.
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Along with John Legend and Rashida Jones, Nykhor partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help the public understand what refugees go through.
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After briefly living in Nebraska and Chicago, in 2008 Nykhor moved to New York and began working with RED Model Management.
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Nykhor set up a foundation, We Are Nilotic, to promote peace and unity among the 64 tribes of South Sudan.
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In January, Nykhor and Alek Wek pressed a button that lowered the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball.
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