The Lost Boys of Sudan: 5 Videos You Must Watch
The lost boys of Sudan is a tragic and miraculous story of a nomadic group of young boys who trekked across East Africa from their war-torn homeland of southern Sudan.
This article summarizes their plight and provides five well-made videos that commemorate their story and remind us of the terrible effects of war.
Since 1983, the southern Sudanese region has been the war zone between the Sudan People's Liberation Army and Sudanese Governemnt, claiming two million lives displacing a huge number of people.
Of those displaced and hardest hit were the cattle-herding Dinka tribe; at least 20,000 children, mostly boys, trekked vast distances seeking refuge from the fighting. Their parents, sisters and loved ones were killed from the war, but the boys who survived tracked across East Africa. The story of the "Lost Boys of Sudan".
Sudanese males are adept about being mobile, as their passage into manhood was marked by their ability to leave home to look after cattle. And it was during Sudanese war that their nomadic skills would be used for a different reason - escape from the danger that they faced everyday.
Now refugees in Kenya, America and Ethiopia and other cities in Sudan, 17,000 of the original 20,000 lost boys remain apart from their families.
Below are five videos that review the plight of these young men, serve as a reminder of the effects of War, and emphasize the reason for the work MAG performs in clearing remnants of war.
As UNICEF works to reunite these boys with their families, MAG works to make their homes safe for their return.
(1) FOUR-MINUTE SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY OF THE LOST BOYS
(2) FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY: LOST BOYS OF SUDAN
Lost Boys of Sudan is an Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America.
Find out more and buy the film here: www.lostboysfilm.com
(3) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "SUDAN: THE LOST BOY"
When Sudan's militias began slaughtering young boys, thousands fled for their lives. Now some of these "lost boys," like John Dau, have made it to the U.S. — and a second chance at life.
(4) BBC: "THE RETURN OF THE LOST BOYS"
When South Sudan became independent in the summer 2012, it brought the return of many who had fled the long civil war. This BBC documentary documents some of the Lost Boys who are coming home. "For some it's a chance to trace lost relatives and come to terms with childhood trauma, for others an opportunity to help build the new nation and their own careers."
(5) 60 MINUTES: "THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN: 12 YEARS LATER"
How a 60 Minutes team fell for the Lost Boys of Sudan and became part of their new family in America.
Page published: 8 May 2014