More than two million people were killed and 20,000 boys were orphaned or displaced during the Sudanese Civil War. These “lost boys” left their villages in the midst of government savagery inflicted upon civilians. The younger boys escaped and walked for years to reach refugee camps. Salva Dut is one of the young men who made epic journeys to relief camps. During those epic journeys, they faced death on a daily basis in the form of soldiers, wild animals, disease, thirst, and starvation. All of this was more life-affirming
than remaining in their villages to be caught in one of the bloodiest wars of the 20th century.
Despite the fact that psychologists, examining the boys who survived, say they are the most badly damaged of all war-traumatized children ever studied, many of these young men made the best of their circumstances as they adjusted to their new hones. About 3800 of…
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