Lost Boys of Sudan

             I attended the presentation and discussion with the Lost Boys of Sudan. The program was very interesting and helped me to connect my culture with ones that seemed completely unrelated. The program opened with music by a Youth Gospel Choir. They sang several songs ranging from older songs with focus on heritage to new songs that reflect how African American culture is changing. A video was then presented which featured a 60 Minutes interview with several of the Lost Boys of Sudan. They are called this because at a very early age (most around 7-11 years old) thousands of boys were left homeless and without parents when their villages in Southeastern Sudan were destroyed by civil war. These thousands of boys traveled south to Kenya with only the support of one another. There they were again forced to leave and finally ended their exodus in Ethiopia. During this journey that took many years, 100’s of boys were lost to starvation, disease, and wild animal attacks. Those that remained found themselves unwanted again by Ethiopia. The U.S. stepped in and now these boys, most in their mid-20’s now, are being allowed into America and are being given support to help them lead a prosperous life. The presentation was great because it showed how they had to adjust to an entirely new world than what they are used to. It was also interesting because one of these men was an Episcopalian preacher in Sudan. He was relocated to Atlanta and now preaches at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, a church that I attended when I lived in Atlanta several years ago. I expected the presentation on the Lost Boy’s to be boring, instead it was intriguing, informative, and even humorous at times to see how close-minded our society perceives those of other societies.

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