In 2000 the United States began accepting 3,800 refugees from
one of Africa's longest civil wars. They were just some of the
thousands of young men, known as "Lost Boys," who had been orphaned
or otherwise separated from their families in the chaos of a brutal
conflict that has ravaged Sudan since 1983. The Lost Boys of
Sudan focuses on four of these refugees. Theirs, however, is a
typical story, one that repeated itself wherever the Lost Boys
could be found across America.
Jacob Magot, Peter Anyang, Daniel Khoch, and Marko Ayii were
among 150 or so Lost Boys who were resettled in Atlanta. Like most
of their fellow refugees, they had never before turned on a light
switch, used a kitchen appliance, or ridden in a car or subway
train-much less held a job or balanced a checkbook. We relive their
early excitement and disorientation, their growing despondency over
fruitless job searches, adjustments they faced upon finally
entering the workforce, their experiences of post-9/11 xenophobia,
and their undying dreams of acquiring an education.
As we immerse ourselves in the Lost Boys' daily lives, we also
get to know the social services professionals and volunteers,
celebrities, community leaders, and others who guided them-with
occasional detours-toward self-sufficiency. Along the way author
Mark Bixler looks closely at the ins and outs of U.S. refugee
policy, the politics of international aid, the history of Sudan,
and the radical Islamist underpinnings of its government. America
is home to more foreign-born residents than ever before; the Lost
Boys have repaid that gift in full through their example of
unflagging resolve, hope, and faith.
Subjects: History, Sociology, Political Science
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