Gatluak Ter Thach The Executive Director of The Sudanese Community and Women’s Center
By Betsy Thorpe
More than 20 years ago Gatluak Ter Thach escaped the genocide in Sudan by fleeing the country with his parents and younger brother. Traveling at night, it took more than a month to reach the safety of the refugee camps in Kenya. The family spent several years living in various camps before Mr. Thach and his brother were allowed to immigrate to the United States. Arriving in January of 1995 they were sent to Sioux Falls South Dakota, where Thach says he “learned about cold”. Later that year the brothers moved to Nashville a city Gatlauk Ter Thach says he has learned to love. Today with a masters degree from Cumberland University Mr. Thach is the Executive Director of The Sudanese Community and Women’s Center, an organization he said he founded five years ago because “I had to find a way to get home and the way for me to get home was to serve my people”. More than 8,000 Sudanese refugees live in the greater Nashville area. The Sudanese Community and Women’s Center serves more than 200 members from the local Sudanese community every week.
This Saturday Gatluak Ter Thach will share his life story with the Bellevue Republican Breakfast Club at their monthly meeting which is held on the first Saturday of every month at Shoney’s Restaurant on Highway 70’S in Bellevue. The meeting starts at 8:00 am and is open to the public. Anyone interested in hearing Mr. Thach’s remarkable story is invited to attend.