“The ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan are a generation that was displaced. They lost their homes and families in the war between Sudan’s Arab Islamic government against the Christians, animists, and black Africans in the South. More than 2 million people have died as the war has dragged on for 17 years.”
Now their story is being told as never before by director Philippe Falardeau and leading actress Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie, a film based on the true story of three young refugees seeking a new life in America after the horrors of war. The trailer (which you can watch here) shows Witherspoon as an independent American woman assigned to help three young Sudanese boys find jobs in the U.S., only to discover that one boy still has a sister trapped in Africa, unable to emigrate because of post 9/11 restrictions. The film releases this October.
(Caution for parents: trailer contains a small amount of bad language)
In 2007, Crosswalk.com’s Christian Hamaker covered the novel What Is the What, the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a ‘lost boy’ who survived the Sudanese conflict only to face incredible hardships building a new life in the U.S. Valenino’s memories are brought to life by the book’s author, Dave Eggers.
“The novel is based almost entirely on Valentino’s recollections, although Eggers labels the book a novel because he used the experiences of other Lost Boys to fill in Valentino’s vague memories of family life before his village was attacked. It painfully reveals how the struggles of these men continue in the States, where they find it difficult to achieve their hopes for more learning and for marriage. ‘His story is representative of millions of other immigrants,’ Eggers says.
Today, people are beginning to return to Southern Sudan. There’s a hopefulness now, after years of war and bloodshed.”
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