Lost Boys of Sudan

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The Lost Boys of Sudan is the name given to the groups of over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005); about 2.5 million were killed and millions were displaced.[1] The name "Lost Boys of Sudan" was colloquially used by aid workers in the refugee camps where the boys resided in Africa. The term was revived, as children fled the post-independence violence of South Sudan with Sudan during 2011–13.[2][3]


In 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between the North and South of Sudan allowing free access to Lost Boys/Girls and Sudanese diaspora from around the world to return to their homeland. As a result, many are now returning to South Sudan to pay it forward and help in the rebuilding of their war-torn country and to provide humanitarian aid and support. In January 2011, 99.47% of South Sudanese voted to separate from the north and become an independent nation. Some American former Lost Boys and Girls now hold positions in the current Government of South Sudan.[4]

Books, films and plays[edit]

There have been a number of books, films and plays about the Lost Boys, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lost Boys of Sudan, official IRC website.
  2. ^ Gettleman, Jeffrey (30 June 2012). "New Wave of 'Lost Boys' Flee Sudan's Lingering War". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Simon Tisdall (5 July 2013). "Fears of a new Darfur as refugees are caught in violence on Sudan's border". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ lopezlomong.com
  7. ^ A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk, a novel based on the life of Jacob Deng. ISBN 978-0-88995-451-9
  8. ^ Rebuilding Hope, a documentary by Jen Marlowe
  9. ^ Aher Arop Bol, The Lost Boy: The true story of a young boy's flight from Sudan to South Africa, Kwela Books. ISBN 978-0-7957-0278-5
  10. ^ War Child official film website
  11. ^ "Arkansas author to visit Saline County Library". The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. January 8, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lonnie Carter website". Lonnie Carter. Retrieved September 9, 2012.  Full text of play available online.
  13. ^ Quinton Skinner (April 2, 2007). "The Lost Boys of Sudan". Variety. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ Zac Thompson (April 10, 2010). "The Second Act Is American Life". Chicago Reader. Retrieved September 9, 2012. . Further reviews at Review Round-Up, theatreinchicago.com, retrieved September 11, 2012.
  15. ^ John Bul Dau and Michael Sweeney, God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir. ISBN 978-1-4262-0114-1
  16. ^ Felicia R. McMahon, Not Just Child's Play: Emerging Tradition and the Lost Boys of Sudan. ISBN 978-1-57806-987-3
  17. ^ God Grew Tired of Us official film website.
  18. ^ They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky, official book site.
  19. ^ The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience
  20. ^ Joan Hecht, The Journey of the Lost Boys. ISBN 0-9763875-0-6
  21. ^ http://www.allianceforthelostboys.com/ Alliance For The Lost Boys], official web site.
  22. ^ Dinka Diaries at IMDB
  23. ^ I Heart Huckabees at IMDB
  24. ^ Abraham Nhial and DiAnn Mills. Lost Boy No More. ISBN 0-8054-3186-1
  25. ^ Benjamin and His Brother.
  26. ^ Yang, Daniel Cheng (August 2002). Kakuma - Turkana: Dueling Struggles: Africa's Forgotten Peoples. Pangaea. ISBN 978-1929165506. 

External links[edit]


  • Sudan Development Foundation - SUDEF is a non-profit working in South Sudan in partnership with rural villages to improve their quality of life. Founded in 2007 in Burlington, VT by Lost Boys Abraham Awolich and Peter Keny, their community based approach recognizes the resilience, the shared responsibility and the on-going commitment necessary to establish self-reliant, healthy communities that build lasting peace.
  • The Hope of Sudan is a united alliance of all proven Sudanese-led nonprofit organizations in the United States that share a common mission — to provide the foundation for stable communities and empower our Sudanese brothers and sisters to transform their villages socially and economically.
  • Wadeng Wings of Hope A Canadian-Revenue-Agency approved charity founded by Jacob Deng, featured in the book, A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk. Its mission is to construct schoolrooms to improve education for all children in South Sudan.
  • The Sudanese Education Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the South Sudanese refugee population in Massachusetts
  • HELPSudan International, founded by Lost Boys living in Chicago who are determined to better communities in southern Sudan by establishing schools and providing health resources and clean water
  • John Dau Sudan Foundation, a Foundation founded by Lost Boy John Dau and dedicated to transforming healthcare in Southern Sudan
  • The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation
  • Alliance For The Lost Boys
  • Sudanese Lost Boys Association of Australia
  • Ayual Community Development Association
  • Gabriel's Dream A charity dedicated to securing education and dental care for the lost boys.
  • Pongborong Primary School - In 2004, Peter Magai Bul and the ACDA established Pongborong Primary School, which served 300 students. With the support of ACDA, the school has grown to serve approximately 800 students in grades one through seven.
  • South Sudan Village Care Foundation - South Sudan Village Care Foundation is a not for profit organization formed in Rochester, NY, founded by Palath Thonchar, one of the Lost Boys & Girls of South Sudan. Their mission is to build and maintain a medical clinic in Palath's home village of Panrieng.
  • Hope for Ariang, Lost Boy Gabriel Bol Deng's project to build a primary school in the Bhar El Ghazal region
  • Water for Sudan, founded by Lost Boy Salva Dut to provide clean water to Southern Sudan
  • Southern Sudan Health Care Organization, founded by Lost Boys Jacob Atem and Lual Awan, to build a clinic in Southern Sudan
  • 4 South Sudan, founded by US Olympian and Lost Boy Lopez Lomong to meet the needs of the South Sudanese people by improving access to clean water, healthcare, education, and nutrition

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