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Sudan’s Lost Boys turn eyes homeward at US summer conference


By Daniel Van Oudenaren

June 21, 2009 (SAN DIEGO) – For those "Lost Boys" of Sudan who made it to San Diego, California this weekend for a national networking conference, future opportunities and service to homeland were foremost before a community whose energies largely have long gone toward maintaining internal bonds and adjusting to life in America.

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A delegation from the Lost Boys & Girls of Sudan National Network met at the house of SPLM Secretary-General Pa’gan Amum in March 2009. From left to right: Michael Glassman, Tut Gatyiel, Teddy Newmyer, Deng Chol, Julie Hines Mabus, Atem Da’Hajhock, Randee Brady (kneeling), Pa’gan Amum, Deb Newmyer, Mamer Ajak, Joan Hecht, and Abraham Bul Aguer.

Some 200 or more of the Lost Boys and Girls – who survived the brutalities of Sudan’s 1983-2005 civil war before arriving in the United States from refugee camps beginning in 2001 – gathered Friday through Sunday at Point Loma Nazarene University overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The young refugees from south Sudan are resettled in dozens of different cities and are separated by place of origin, tribe and diverse life experiences since coming to the United States. But they generally have a common interest in returning to contribute to their homeland or otherwise maintaining ties to their native community.

"I just feel that we should do whatever we can to help these boys move forward, particularly into leadership positions, and that’s where we’re were kind of trending now," said Reita Hutson of Scottsdale, Arizona, an Advisory Board member to the conference organizer, a group called The Lost Boys & Girls of Sudan: the National Network.

Hutson is the founder of Gabriel’s Dream, an organization named for a refugee child whom she mentored. She said that past gatherings have focused just on the Lost Boys, but this one turned its attention to the Sudan itself.

The National Network was formally launched in 2008 and chose to move ahead with the conference after conducting an assessment mission to Sudan in March 2009. The event was not formally endorsed by the elected leadership of the Lost Boys community, who were selected at a conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004. It follows a separate conference held by the organization United Sudanese Youth from May 23 to 24 at American University in Washington, D.C. One key organizer of the Phoenix event, Tut Luony Gatyiel, on Saturday presented the conference with his findings from a part of the assessment mission he led to Yei.


When south Sudan’s so-called "Lost Boys" first fled their villages in the 1980s, many of them trekked to an area of Ethiopia held by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army. They lived there until they were later forced to walk to Kenya.

Many of the young refugees, steeped in an identity of shared hardship and liberation forestalled, at one point were designated for training to become child soldiers — a sort of strategic reserve force for the SPLA. (On Sunday, they broke into song when a speaker recalled times when rebel advances were announced over Radio SPLA).

As they now pursue their own careers or education, these Sudanese refugees have grown more closely intertwined with American political ideals. Participants on Saturday appeared to embrace the advocacy tools, if not the message, presented by a speaker from the Darfur-focused Genocide Intervention Network, who encouraged participants to lobby their US elected officials.

Deng Chol, who has taken a leading role in the National Network, pointed to a bill proposed in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va). He urged advocacy on behalf of the pending legislation, which is called the "Return of the Lost Boys and Lost Girls of Sudan Act."

Abraham Bul Aguer, founding Board Member and representative of SPLM-Utah, said that during the trip in March the Lost Boys’ team was able to spend some time teaching youth in Jonglei about the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and how to get involved in upcoming 2010 elections. Likewise, other speakers highlighted the role that the US-educated refugees might be able to play in civic education and development, advocacy in the United States, or in other fields such as administration of Sudan’s oil resources.

Hosted in a place of much serenity, the event at Point Loma comes as delegations from the Government of Sudan and SPLM negotiate implementation of the CPA at a conference in Washington, D.C., grappling with questions ultimately fundamental to state and society in the youths’ native south Sudan.

No certain destiny awaits the semi-autonomous region, which will hold a referendum for independence in 2011. The San Diego event’s keynote speaker, former US Special Representative on Sudan Roger Winter, pointed out that earlier this year there had been disagreement within the US State Department about whether even to respect the decision of the southerners should they opt for independence, with some officials suggesting that an independent South would be a "failed state."

The US-Sudan bilateral relationship is grounded in a tactical partnership between the Sudanese intelligence apparatus and the US Central Intelligence Agency, one which drew the praise of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in a piece last month in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, following a dinner event he attended in Khartoum hosted by the head of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services.

In an interview, Winter said that he did not see indications that the US would walk away from past support for the CPA. He said that the peace conference in Washington was "warranted if in fact there is a genuine response" from the Government of Sudan.

Nevertheless, he pointed to signs of "confusion within the administration" and added, "I see them with a learning curve right now."


Standing before an uncertain future, Lost Boys on Saturday received career advice, a briefing on post-traumatic stress counselling, and presentations from Americans with experience in implementing development projects in south Sudan.

"I hope that the experts that are here this weekend touch a couple of lives, for the Lost Boys who are lost still, or those who have a specific goal, whether it’s finding a scholarship, whether it’s bring their wife to America, et cetera," said Michael Glassman, Vice President of Outlaw Productions.

Glassman’s company aims to create a film adaptation of "What is the What", the best-selling novelized autobiography of a Lost Boy named Valentino Achak Deng, by Dave Eggers.

He credited his late colleague Bobby Newmyer with deeply engaging the Lost Boys community even before the Eggers novel. According to Polly Street, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Network, the conference would not have been possible without Newmyer’s vision.

Newmyer, said Glassman, recognized that the American public might be able to grasp the story of south Sudan through the Lost Boys in their midst. Newmyer had discovered the Lost Boys’ story through a 60 Minutes television special in 2003. He optioned the rights to the TV piece and started approaching Lost Boys around the country.

"I think it was just a matter of spending more and more time with the boys that he just fell in love with the story," said Glassman, "He realized that this group of 4,000 boys, or men, really are the ideal PR candidates for making the American public aware of the tragedy of Sudan, because they’re living here, because they are the most charming, lovable guys you’ll ever meet and you know they went through the worst possible imaginable scenario and yet are incredibly upbeat. And he believed through a film he could wake up America and get them to pay attention. And we still believe that."

Street, who met the first Lost Boys on the day that they arrived in the United States in 2001, said she wants to see them finish their education and find jobs before launching initiatives to help their homeland. "My fear is that time is running out – because people get on with their lives and they get older. What I want to see happen is that even if a thousand out of the 3,500 refugees here went back to help their country, I’d be happy with that," she said.

"They all want to give back: that’s very important to them," said Reita Hutson of Gabriel’s Dream. "Every one of these boys is sending money to their families in Sudan. Almost every one of them has some sort of a project, because they want to heal their land."

"I personally think it’s an impossibility, but I can’t blame them for that feeling," she said.


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  • 23 June 2009 10:57, by Beti Hari

    Dear lost boys,
    I see a lot of vision in you. However the name Lost Boys should be changed into a new name.I recognise your contribution towards changing the face of the new Sudan.
    May God bless Southern Sudan


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    • 24 June 2009 02:47, by Jeremiah Mach

      We were really lost in the jungle of Southern Sudan and Ethiopia,and some fellow mates lost their lifes as a result. there is no need to change such a generational and a historical names.

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    • 1 November 2013 15:40, by negruvoda

      With the McCrea services I really can cool off in my home during the hot summer. Occasionally I go to the public swimming pool with my buddies, but most of the time, after work I am staying at home.

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  • 23 June 2009 11:42, by Gabriel Green

    You Guys, we already found that you are not lost but boys with no border.you move to Ethopia. then to Kenya and then to the west.The other option is, you should called yourselves westboys of sudan instead of lost boys.

    And by the way you know where you come from .you know you are from sudan why do you called your self lost.

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    • 23 June 2009 17:00, by ACIEK

      friend don’t let anythings both you.you are whatever you are ,however you need to know your destiny and what make you tobe in that situation.at young age you got a name from people butyou rubb them off when you become a man or woman.so let people name you as the want and do the best thing for yourself.I don’t know why some people make it as abig deal like this moron above? it’s just name like others name.

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      • 26 June 2009 01:01, by MADIT MAJAK CHOL

        I absolutely agreed with you! name ain’t nothing. be yourself.

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  • 23 June 2009 16:37, by Kur

    The name "Lost Boys and Girls" is a perfect reminder of the hardships and horrors of war in South Sudan. There is nothing in it that makes people feel uneasy. History never lies. Hence, Lost Boys of Sudan are a symbol of the struggle of all the marginalised people of Sudan.


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    • 23 June 2009 18:35, by Lukeji Chiengkou

      You guys realized that if were given an opportunity to name ourselves we would have never came up with the name “Lost Boys”. Wanting to change now would not either make any difference since the whole world now know us by this embezzled name from Peter Pan movies. I am sure there would have been better names for us. Names such as “Children of War” which is of course more direct to the consequences. I often have to elaborate on why we are called the “Lost Boys and Lost Girls” Moreover, I am certain nobody would ever ask why I am called a child of war, but rather ask how the war begun! Anyways this will remain a historical phenomenon one that I hate to see happening again in Sudan or any other African country.

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      • 23 June 2009 21:25, by Spla Commando

        Congrats to the Lost boys and lost girls of Sudan.

        The status quo of the name ’lost boys and lost girls’ should be maintained, as it remind us of Something important, the struggle itself.
        keep up the good work!

        SPLA Commando

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  • 24 June 2009 03:09, by Tongthok

    Attention to all participates of lost boys & girls of Sudan National Network. Could anyone please tell me who is benefiting from this Network? Its seems like as if it belong to the upper nile alone Am I right? Just curious.


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    • 24 June 2009 06:33, by Abu shery Nyang

      My friend to asked about who is benefiting from network is not a good question to ask, because no one ask about who is corupting the government of south sudan now? we are all southerners. Yes these boys are very active and involved, and God bless them to be the future leaders of southern Sudan. Kum thok. " I am just kiding".

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      • 24 June 2009 16:50, by Tongthok

        Mr. Abu!
        What the hell you had just Say? Well, answer me since jump out on the topic trying to play me devil song asking me the corrupted government of south sudan.I don’t know who the corrupt government is in south sudan is. If you don’t answer me correctly, then I can just simply trace your tribal clan and will remind you seriously about the matter.

        Secondly, I don’t change people names but if you wanna be smart as... then get it right, I don’t give a damn or backdown. Waiting for your reply to tell me why you try to blindfold me on my question but remember the history.


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        • 24 June 2009 20:32, by sudangirl

          Hello brothers,

          Just like some of you have mention above, the names doesn’t have to be changed, I am sure the word that is causing a stir is ’lost’. We all know where we come from, thats for sure and the fact is as young people of S.Sudan, we have lost a lot of things as a result of the war, we have lost our loved ones, our childhood, we have lost our innocence as a result of being exposed to things that people our age shouldn’t.

          We, and i mean our generation have always been outsiders where ever we are, we have been refugees in countries across Africa and even for those of us who live in the Western world and are citizens, we still don’t belong.
          So we have lost a lot but we have always and proudly know where we come from and thats one of the things that have always kept us going.

          Talking about who is benefiting, we are all S. Sudanese and as long the one benefiting is S.Sudanese, then that person is rightfully the one to benefit!, and rather we need to support and contribute so that the young generation of S.Sudanese can benefit from our struggle.

          Our fathers’ generation had the vision, our generation sacrifices their lives and and the work still continue, by keeping the dream alive and make S. Sudan proud!!!

          Peace to our beloved S.Sudan!!

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          • 24 June 2009 23:19, by Tongthok

            Dear Sudan Girl,

            With great pleasure, I would like to thank you for your wonderful reply which has some peace of mind. I was so pissoff with Mr. Abu reply when he try to tell me how corrupt the top dog of s. sudan is and he simply went on at the end of his letter calling me Kumthok! that suck!!!!. Did he wanna drag me in tribals clashes, then I ’m open for it and even though our name dinka was been used randomly to discredit us in the face of the world, let face it and made it worse this time.

            Again thank you for trying to intervence us before we climb to the mountain top but there is nothing I would like to hear rather than Abu telling me what he mean by those boys who worked hard for it.Did he think he own the name lostboys by himself, then let face it and explained where it belong. Abu! just remember I won’t let any branch fall untouch and until you stop attacking people with ridiculous words without reviews.Looking forward to hear from you.


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            • 25 June 2009 10:24, by Machokakol

              I still remember what my dad told me before his death.
              Here is what he told me;

              My son, I am happy that God had given me a future hope, family defender, the irreversible future source of my family, an open hearted and the one whose work is to snap the ripen and therefore make it available for the family. He again said, son the only thing that I hate in this world is the dirt that was born with us. He once more included that the dirt had reached our blood cell and there is no an experts or useful syringe for injection even if we’ve got medicine. Before I asked, I looked at my body and found no dirt because I did just took shower. I was surprise to hear dad speaking in an idiomatic language. So I questioned of what he means the dirt was, but again he included that having you here is like a bird whose eggs are going to be dissolved by the dirt. So long I realise the word dirt, I told dad that no one knows were the world will take our lives to. He said you now know what I was trying to say, well we are the property of the world and so our lives might sometime be spent in a different country rather then the one we’re living in, he said. What you have to take in mind is being responsible for the family and keep searching for the hidden seeds at where ever land God has putted you. The land you might later live in could be worthless however it is your responsibility to make it worth full. Dad meant to say that whenever you are in somebody land, you will receive names that you ever heard, you will not have enough to eat and you will have no place to sleep. However if you are a die hearted young man, you will overcome all those earth restrictions and you will retain your normal identity.

              For the thirsts, remember your goals and advices that you might have had acquired from your parents or elders. We know we are majority, but a majority without the knowledge of what the future holds in their lives is like a man who hates his siblings for gaining something productive. Leaving the fact that states, in this world every one has or had little to contribute either toward your country or family. So here, never looked tired or feels as if you have been defeated. Create something and your friends, brothers and sisters will join you or else be a part of whatever is formed and tread it in a way that it reaches your needs.

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      • 25 June 2009 11:31, by Axan

        Dear Mr Abu Nyang,

        You have answered this novice who called himself Tongthok, with absolute intelligence. This man may be one of those naive political in in the making, or rather assume the later to fulfil things that are very proximate to them. In the democracy and transparency, as well as notion of development, there is no better place to start implementing developmental needs. We are doing it todaY in upper nile, tommorrow in equatoria and so forth...why concerned about who is benefiting from that?

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        • 25 June 2009 15:28, by Ostas Tosh

          Very interresting.
          This is a time of awakening and change, it is also a time that must be used with solidarity and commun goals.We, in this new day of American politic must cease all opportunities to help. The name calling and agressive messages will not help this cause in anyway.
          For those who wonder who this new writer is, I worked as a teacher in kuajok in 1982 and went west to central africa when the conflict started. I am french.
          I am also starting an organisation to help in Lake state
          Please unify and work together, don’t argue.

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        • 25 June 2009 17:11, by Tongthok

          Hello Axan or whatever you call yourself,

          What kind of inetelligence Mr. Abu answer my question? Do you think I don’t have where mr. Abu is coming from? Your visions are dead and you guys need to think twices before you talk rubbish. You call your self upper nile intelligences, well I ’m not. I ’m from Bahr - el- Gnazel and most of the time I visit this site, it all big mouth talk about Salva Kiir leaderships because he don’t belong to upper nile right? Well, forget it a turn is a turn and you need to understand during John Garang time no anyone from Bahr-el-Ghazel talking rubbish against him like you.

          Lastly, I would like to advices you to keep dreaming that will come back to you soon. Well its not it gonna take long wait before it come back to you.

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          • 25 June 2009 17:30, by Ostas Tosh

            Even a fool passes for wise if he does not talk, but the wise will be consider a fool when he does not know how to moderate his words.
            Causing conflicts with words is not a source of pride.

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            • 25 June 2009 20:28, by Tongthok

              Yea! that is true sometime in our nature, we think we are wises enough even though we are not. Hatred just began when pretenders think they are wise enough while they aren’t. It began for the call for helped but when the savior don’t response in the right time then the garbage began to spilled over the road. So, I guess it is time to swallowed it.

              Nevertheless, I don’t get to know my people very well how in the world they interferred with others people business when this job should be done already. Therefore, I had a new gospels to preach in the years to come and it will be just the beginning of really life situation.So,I agree with you with your word "fool" however, you should realized that part of fools people were connected by one leader which really miss, the late hero until then no one among you can fulfil his strong vision except the arrogants people like you who call others fools when it began with you.

              Finally, the actors will be left alone this time and if they deserved one, then all the bricks will be shaked up and we will flown to the small direction where no one like us. I will advice my people to stay a way from other people business but stay tuned since I ’m not done.


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              • 25 June 2009 22:37, by Ostas Tosh

                lots of anger my friend, lots of anger.
                I did not call anyone fool, I just stated an old saying.
                may God’s peace be with you

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                • 26 June 2009 00:55, by MADIT MAJAK CHOL

                  Dear brothers, and sisters of southern Sudan, I am pleased by those people who said nice words toward Lost Boys. I am also thankful for those who understand the difficulties Lost boys of Sudan faced in Sudan. We they Lost boys our dream is to develop southern Sudan, and to bring a hope for the poor people in south. our first goal is to acheived a peace agreement between southern Sudan, and Khartoum government. I remember when we arrived here in State of 2001, we went to White House to speak to former President Bush, and his administration. Also we speak out through Churches, and to the American people about what is going in Sudan. Finally God heard our prayers through the CPA agreement in 2005. Also we are now working hard for the separation of southern Sudan. So my dear southern Sudanese people what we are doing right here in United State is not for our benefit, but for your benefit.

                  And our second goal is you people of southern Sudan to have your own right in Sudan, and freedom to your motherland because Sudan is not Arab Country, but is our Country. and that is why we give credits to SPLA/M for fight and our freedom in southern Sudan.

                  our thirds goal is to educated those Young boys in the Villages in southern Sudan by bring school to them into their villages, also we want to drill fresh-water wells for they people in the villages in South.

                  our fouth goal is to build medical clinic in to the villages so that people should be treated from infections. I hope you people understand exactly what Lost Boys are doing and what they have already done because without the Lost Boys who came to America,there would have been nothing called CPA agreement. lost boys were the key ambassadors in peace process by letting the words out.

                  I am so disappointed for those who people say that The name of Lost boys should be change. Shame on you!!!!!!!

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                  • 26 June 2009 03:42, by mariar

                    It may not be a good reason some time when people says things they don’t know. So dear friend Tongthok, you said you are from Bar-el-gizal and now you are trying to defend President Kiir, I’m sorry you from Barelgizal have had robes him with that oil money already and I hope you stop robing each other too.I would also want the Lost boy to know that, you are the SPLA/m here in America not just from the mouth talks but from the experiences we all have had in Sudan since 1983 up to now. So please, make sure you have a career to take with you later on and do not worry about the name change let who want to talk, talks, that’s what they do all the times.

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                    • 26 June 2009 17:03, by Tongthok

                      Excuse me! did you just say Salva Kiir had robes the oil money? Where did he took them and have you see bigs skylines built in Bahr-el-Ghazel regions? You guys are full of greediness and that is why you always talked stupid. How did he put 50% of oil money in his pocket without reactions from Dr. Riek Machar, Kuol Manyang, and many others leaders who are behind him? Mariar you don’t have be sorry or even ask me about my qualifications since you know my statements are written in dinka language.

                      Furthermore, its seems most of think they are smart enough to correct others in unhelpful ways. So, I suggest you wrapped it up and stick it in your ... and shut up. You talk about actions not talking? what have you accomplish particularly in your position? Just stop hatred since 2011 is near and you can take charge to lead us in the right way.

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                  • 26 June 2009 15:39, by Gabriel Green

                    Ha! Madit

                    You guys,you are really lostboy.you lost manners,lost the calture and you lost home education and also lost language.(do you kow what i wantna tell you,you fucken guy are there because of enviroment and food but we need you to learn more then all the nonsense style and nickga you following).Few of you can do what you have just mentioned above and i like them to come back home with positive education and good carreers.You have got a chance to be in that eviroment of education.

                    Let me remind you, charity begins at home. Major of you forgot their parents,and they will regret when they will come back home.

                    Hey brothers think big.

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                    • 26 June 2009 16:34, by Ostas Tosh

                      I am saddened by the words I read in this forum, many insults and brother against brother. I do believe that there is a misunderstanding of the situation in the USA . It is not an easy land, yes there is food (thanks God)and sometime work, not allways, Life here is also difficult and at the end of the month sometime we only have the money to pay for the roof over our head and some little food from Wal Mart...So if the insulting brothers in the Sudan do not wish to help and be part of the solution , but prefer to insult those of their brothers that made it to this country, then there will be no results. The anger that I see in the words of some is equal to the hit of the Atuel on someone’s head
                      So get your acts together, stop fighting among yourselves and lets get things changing.

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                      • 26 June 2009 20:19, by Gabriel Green

                        Dear Ostas,

                        I lost my temper towards Madit by ( the word shame on you for those who wants change to the word lost boys But the word change is the one who is ruling America to day, the president Obama said it)

                        I pologise to you brothers but you need to improve.

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                        • 26 June 2009 21:01, by Ostas Tosh

                          Gabriel, your words did not deserve an apologie to anyone. But thank you for your meek spirit. The agression did not come from you and the ugly language does not come from you either. "Change" does not have to be to the name "lost boys"
                          No that name as become to important and is now being known by the world , so it is a tool, good tool.
                          I need to get in touch in a closer way to all of you as I am preparing for a trip to Rumbek.
                          So for those who would like to communicate with me, my email is adjpierre@aol.com
                          have a good day

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                          • 26 June 2009 21:43, by Ostas Tosh

                            Change is about a spirit, about people that have had enough of the injustices on this planet, may they be econimic or political, change is about not fighting wars but on the contrary it is about the people, the people saying no to world power,no to governments when they want us to fight against our brothers, Change is about the world waking up and looking at the past and realising that we have behaved likes idiots for several thousand years. Change is about working together for our children sake.

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                            • 27 June 2009 20:50, by MADIT MAJAK CHOL

                              Hey Gabriel Green,

                              I am so disappointed at you brother for your stupid commons toward me, and to all other Lost boys. I do understand that you are among of those people who want to change the name of Lost boys, and that is why you are salted me. Let me tell you something we the lost boys we are not lost ok we know where we came from, and we know what we are doing here in U.S. as you heard a lot of people mention that the name of Lost boys is not just name, but it have powerful mean. If we lost, why we send money day and night to you people, and created organization here in America to help you back home? People like you don’t appreciate the great work lost boys are doing in southern Sudan.

                              You said that we are enjoying environment, and food, yes we are the environment is nice, and the food are great, but we have not abandonning people of southern Sudan do we? I know there are some of Lost boy who adopted American culture, but not most of us. 98% of the Lost boys/girls are doing great because a lot of them finished some Colleges, University, and they have good degree too. 2% of the Lost boys are not doing good because the turn to wrong direction, but you don’t have to say that all of them are bad. Few of us are turning out bad, but major of us are doing well.

                              Thank you Mr. Ostas Tosh for your word People like Gabriel they don’t know the mean of "CHANGE" President Obama when he use a word "CHANGE" he doesn’t mean to change America name, but he want to change the way of encominic, political,and racal in America. Mr Gabriel you need to change your language, and your behavior!!!!!!!!

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                    • 27 June 2009 23:39, by MADIT MAJAK CHOL

                      Hey Green (Mangok),

                      First I appreciated your advise and here is what I am telling you! none of the so called "lostboys" are lost Dummy! I was living with my whole family back in Kenya and now in America I am call lostboy, picture that where did you get the idea of us having no manners? I know most of my friends who are currently living with me are now degree holders and currently enrolled in masters and Ph.D programs. Are you telling me these guys lack culture? my brother, you might become a future scholar in Sudan, but you intellectual capacity is shallow and you will never make it in the world arena of scholars if you kept on talking profanity without cause.
                      On behalf of your writing style! your writing level is worse than a second grader and not even close to that of modern human ( homo sapiens)call himself intellectual. I know english is a new language to you, but it is your responsibility to ensured that you can properly write when commenting on intellectual level so that your writing can be understand or you can have somebody proofread it because your writng is invested with malicious errors that are distrubbing to many.
                      Environment! how dare you even come to cite this issue? Sudan is a beautiful place with all fauna and flora needed to sustain life. you need to check your knowledge on geograph and politics because you are nowhere close to comprehens the above keys issues. I hope seeing you taking step toward your education first before getting involve in bashing other in politiccs. what you need is to stop bias and nonsenses in your writings.

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                      • 28 June 2009 14:48, by Ostas Tosh

                        Chi yi yi bak to all of you.
                        There has been a mistake in the second to last message, Gabriel was defending the name lost boys, Gabriel was expressing himself well and in a manner that was proper and polite and respectfull. This was a cse of mistaken identity. However everything that was written in these two very well written messages was correct.
                        I believe that one of the most commun mistake of the African population is the belief that money is an easy thing to find in America.
                        Wrong! We all hve to work very hard to have what we have and it is very often difficult to pay the rent or the food we eat...So for these complaining of lack of help from their brothers and sisters that are in America, * consider yourselves lucky and blessed that your relative have decided to help you" and if the money does not seem enough , well please do realise that it is a sacrifice for the sender and give thanks to Him and God !
                        Furthermore,... We have no obligations, but only a heart to help.
                        Be good, and plant your seeds in the ground so you can eat later.

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Will Khartoum peace agreement bring reform or maintain tyranny? 2018-12-01 05:41:01 By Duop Chak Wuol Known for operating with a vicious precision, his trademark is ruthlessness, and how he manoeuvres his political rivals is irrefutably effective. Salva Kiir, the man in (...)

US-Sudanese relations: moths to the fire 2018-11-25 11:07:23 By Muhammad Osman & Magdi el Gizouli The rapprochement between Sudan and the U.S. progresses with the pace of an anxious flirtation. Less than two years since it began in 2015, that (...)


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Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)


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