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. Today, most of the "Lost Boys" are identified with South Sudan.

  1. Why does John Dau continue to eat African food with his hands while living in America?

    • Answer

      He wants to stay connected to his native culture. It allows him to “look more Dinka” and “look more African.”

  2. Why did Daniel start “Little Parliament” while in the Kakuma Refugee Camp?

    • Answer

      Daniel wanted to give people a chance to talk, to come together like a family, and forget about war.

  3. Why is John Dau worried about the younger Lost Boys living in America?

    • Answer

      The younger Lost Boys have lost touch with Dinka culture more than other members of the group. They have adopted more American customs.

  4. Why do you think the younger Lost Boys living in America are more at risk for losing their Sudanese culture?

    • Answer

      A much greater portion of their lives has been spent in the United States, and they have fewer memories of living in Sudan than the other members of the group

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