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issued petitioner a notice of deficiency on May 17, 2004.
Petitioner timely filed a petition on August 9, 2004.
Petitioner was born in southern Sudan. At trial, petitioner
explained marriage, divorce, and family relationships in southern
Sudan. When a spouse desires to leave the marriage, there is no
formal divorce proceeding. Instead, a divorce occurs simply when
the spouse leaves the marriage, which allows either spouse to
remarry. According to petitioner, people from the same clan or
tribe consider themselves related, independent of any blood
relationship. Petitioner and Thuok C. Wuol a.k.a. Peter Wuol
(Peter Wuol), the father of KGT and JTW, were members of the same
clan or tribe in southern Sudan.
Petitioner’s mother3 was the second wife of his father,
Bol. Bol was previously married to Mydak. During this marriage,
Mydak gave birth to a son named Deng Bol.4 Bol and Mydak later
separated, and Mydak married Gatkuoth. During this marriage,
Mydak gave birth to their son, Peter Wuol.5 Thus, petitioner and
Peter Wuol are related by marriage to a common half brother, Deng
Bol. Neither petitioner nor Peter Wuol have any parents in
3 The record does not indicate the name of petitioner’s
4 Deng Bol, who was born before the birth of either
petitioner or Peter Wuol, is now deceased.
5 Mydak died sometime after Peter Wuol was born. After
Mydak’s death, Bol married petitioner’s mother.
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