The documentary God Grew Tired of Us tells the story of the "Lost Boys of Sudan." 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 John Dau, the "Lost Boy" in the video above, has emerged as human rights activist for the people of South Sudan.

  1. Why did John Dau decide not to go to college in America?

    • Answer

      He felt that he needed to work full time in order to support his family members still living in Sudan and friends still in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. He wanted to change their situation by sending money to them.

  2. How does John Dau believe that each person should use his unique, individual talents?

    • Answer

      He believes that an individual should use his or her unique talents in service to the community.

  3. Do you think that John Dau's responsibilities have increased or decreased since he immigrated to the United States? Why?

    • Answer

      His responsibilities have increased. He now has to work to support himself and his family and friends in Sudan and Kenya. He also takes on a new, self-appointed role in America, as an ambassador for Sudan.

community
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group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.

leadership
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ability to guide and direct people and organizations.

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being accountable and reliable for an action or situation.