December 18, 2006Without food, water, or families, tens of
thousands of boys targeted for death by militias fled Sudan's civil
war in the late 1980s.
Their destination unknown, the boys walked hundreds of miles over several years. Many died—of thirst, starvation, or animal predation. Finally 10,000 of the wanderers reached a refugee camp in Kenya, where aid workers nicknamed them the Lost Boys, after Peter Pan's gang.
One of the Lost Boys, John Dau, learned English in the camp and eventually emigrated to the United States. There, he struggled with culture shock—navigating supermarkets, trying to figure out what Santa Claus has to do with the birth of Jesus Christ, and working three jobs to survive.
Now a student at Syracuse University in New York State, Dau spends his spare time raising money to build a clinic near his home village in Sudan. In February 2007 his story will reach cinemas in the documentary God Grew Tired of Us.
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Video Series Introduction
Part One: Country in Crisis (Sudan Overview)
Part Two: The Lost Boy
Part Three: The Reporter
Part Four: The Witness
Part Five: The War Child
Part Six: The Activist