Rebuilding Hope

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Regions: Sudan

Issues: Minorities

Tags: south sudan lost boys

Gabriel Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol, Southern Sudanese “Lost Boys” in the US, were forced to flee Sudan as children when their villages were attacked in 1987, finding safety for a time in a refugee camp in Ethiopia until needing to flee once more, this time to Kakuma camp in Kenya. Since leaving Sudan, they have scarcely been able to obtain news about their villages or families.

In May 2007, accompanied by filmmaker Jen Marlowe and journalist David Morse, Gabriel, Koor and Garang returned to Sudan to discover the fate of their homes and families. Gabriel took the first steps towards starting a school in his village, and Koor brought medical supplies and volunteered at a clinic in his village. They also returned to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Along the way, David and Jen invited the thoughts and analyses of the people of South Sudan, two and a half years after the signing of the fragile Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Their reporting explores the connections between the conflict in South Sudan and in other parts of Sudan, including Darfur, probing the larger questions of identity and ethnicity. Through video and written pieces, they gauge the current state of South Sudan--taking a pulse on the Southern Sudanese people’s hopes and fears for the future.

As featured on Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria. This video is an excerpt of a work in progress documentary by Jen Marlowe.

Produced in association with Pulitzer Center on Crisis

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