Kuoth Wiel

Kuoth Wiel was born to a Sudanese mother and father in Itang, Ethiopia. Due to the war in Sudan her parents managed to escape to Ethiopia. In 1998 her family resettled to the United States. She attended Augsburg College and graduated with a degree in Social Psychology.

In high school she volunteered for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program of Southern Minnesota. She also excelled in athletics and often translated for the Sudanese community in Faribault, Minnesota. She was involved in church youth groups and advocated for the Sudanese refugee community.

She attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis. During her years at Augsburg College she became an active member of the Trio Program and the Pan African Student Union (PASU). In Minneapolis she served in the community at The East African Women Center. At the Center she looked after children whose mothers were from various parts of East Africa and was involved in teaching the english language to the women. During her senior year she worked as an intern at Hope Village, a Psychiatric and Counseling office, providing psychological services to immigrants from East Africa. For her senior seminar, she conducted extensive research on mental Illness and trauma with a focus on Sudanese refugees.

Kuoth’s passion and dedication to serving her community extends to the big screen where she landed her first movie role in “The Good Lie”, starring Reese Witherspoon. It is a story that depicts the history of The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan where she starred as “Abital Deng”, a lost girl.


While filming, Kuoth graduated from Augsburg College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Psychology. She continues to be active in the South Sudanese community working with youth to get them involved in peaceful advocacy. Kuoth is involved in many humanitarian organizations advocating for refugees and human rights.

Kuoth is currently pursuing her career in acting and modeling in Los Angeles, California and using her voice to advocate for peace in South Sudan.