As they passed in the hallway one day, Monica Panchol, a Good Samaritan Society certified nursing assistant, noticed resident Peter Nguot.
Monica, who is from South Sudan, thought Peter might also be from Sudan.
“I recognized Peter by his skin. That tells me that guy might be from Sudan because I know how Sudanese look,” Monica says. “That’s how my dad looks.”
To her delight, Monica’s hunch was confirmed when Peter spoke to her in Dinka, her native language.
It was an emotional greeting, she says.