Sudan's civil war forced over 25,000 Lost Boys to trek across sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. Hear their stories from Kakuma Refugee camp.

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    The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of Dinka youth who fled civil war in their native country, spent a decade growing up in a Kenyan refugee camp, and were eventually resettled in the United States. In the United States, the Lost Boys faced many challenges while adapting to their new lives and trying to maintain their cultural identities as Dinka.

    God Grew Tired of Us was released in 2006. In 2011, the nation of South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan, and most "Lost Boys" are more affiliated with South Sudan.

    1. What caused the civil war in Sudan?

      The civil war in Sudan was the result of territorial and economic conflict.

      Sudan has dozens of distinct cultures with two distinct territories, but is largely dominated by the Muslim, Arab north and the black, Christian south. When the British abandoned colonization of North Africa in the 1950s, they quickly established the nation of Sudan. Sudan combined these two separate territories within its borders.

      The civil war was also a conflict over oil. Dozens of lucrative oil fields lie in contested territories between the north and south.

    2. Where did the Lost Boys flee to first? Why couldn't they stay there?

      They fled to Ethiopia until a change in government forced them to leave.

    3. Where did the Lost Boys flee to next?

      They went to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

    4. Why did some of the Lost Boys immigrate into the United States?

      The United States government agreed to resettle some of them, because they could not return to war-ridden Sudan and had little hope of finding their families.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    civil war Noun

    conflict between groups in the same country or nation.

    emigrant Noun

    person who moves from their existing country or region to a new country or region.

    immigrant Noun

    person who moves to a new country or region.

    migration Noun

    movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.

    refugee Noun

    person who flees their home, usually due to natural disaster or political upheaval.

    territory Noun

    land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.