Fourteen years ago, the United States began accepting some 3,600 refugees from Africa. They were among the thousands of young men and boys who had been orphaned by a brutal civil war in South Sudan.
They had lost parents, brothers, sisters and had walked for thousands of miles across deserts and mountains, eventually finding refuge in Kenya and then the U.S. The story of the "lost boys" of Sudan has been widely reported and now it has inspired a new movie called, "The Good Lie." The movie tells the story of three siblings who lost their parents, survived that brutal trek and made it to America, where they had to adapt to a radically new life.
"The Good Lie" is now showing in several theaters. Tuesday, RefugePoint, the South Sudanese Enrichment for Families and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will host a screening of the movie at the Kendall Square Cinema, followed by a panel discussion. Sign up for free tickets here.
- "The flights to America are leaving every day now, screaming out of the bush in a huge cloud of orange dust, as the great migration of the group known as the Lost Boys of Sudan gets underway. Heads down, barefoot except for shower thongs, the departing boys file into the aircraft as grave as spacemen, sometimes without even looking back at the friends standing five deep against the barbed wire."
- A group of refugees from the Sudan who are now trying to make their way in the United States.
This article was originally published on October 20, 2014.
This segment aired on October 20, 2014.