From 1983-2005, over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka tribes of Sudan walked thousands of miles to escape war at home. As stateless arrivals in new homelands, including the U.S., they faced new obstacles. Now men, they are adjusting to a new life here while still thinking of their families who survive in Sudan and the new state of South Sudan.
Our guest speaker, Jany Deng, was one of those boys. Jany began walking in 1987, at the age of 10, when he saw the first fire in his village. He walked to the border of Ethiopia and settled in a refugee camp there until the civil war there forced him back to Sudan and on to a camp in Kenya. He was one of the very first "Lost Boys" to come to the U.S., and has been here since he was 16 (1995). He will describe his journey, re-settlement in a new country, learning a new language and customs, and the special problems faced here by the now famous "Lost Boys of Sudan".
Jany is currently the Program Manager of the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development in Phoenix. There will be a video, followed by discussion / Q&A with Jang.
This will be a powerful event and we expect a full house. Don't miss it!