Walmart Out of stock. Delivery not available. Pickup not available. Add to List. Add to Registry. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. This compelling, human story is coupled with timely issues facing the world: the crisis in Darfur, control of limited oil reserves, terrorism by radical Islamic groups. Told through the experiences of two boys, Ayuel Leek and Beny Ngor Chad, the book traces the journey of thousands of displaced children who walked for months across barren land, menaced by starvation, disease, wild animals, and gunfire.
Author Barbara Youree, in collaboration with Leek and Chad, follows them through their years in refugee camps and their journey to the United States, where the author mentors them in college as they follow the American dream and pursue their goal of helping other Sudanese. Two million Sudanese have been killed and thousands more tortured, displaced, or sold into slavery. This is their story.
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Not unlike other parts of Africa, Sudanese women were viewed as subordinate to men in families and villages. Family law consistently gave preference to the men. Male children inherited their parents' wealth after their death, and so parents strongly desired to have male children, often at the expense of the care of the females.
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Men were allowed to have multiple wives, and polygamy was expected if the father had no sons by his other wives. When conflict reached the rural parts of Southern Sudan, women were affected just as much as the men, only in different ways. Rape was rampant during attacks on villages as the attackers would use rape as a weapon of the war.
Women and small children boys and girls were taken to the north to be sold as slaves. Once a person was involved in trafficking, it was extremely difficult for family members to relocate them.
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Upon their arrival in the camps in Ethiopia , the boys were placed into boys-only areas of the camp. Yet according to Sudanese culture, the girls could not be left alone, so they were placed with surviving family members or adopted by other Sudanese families. The girls were expected to fulfill numerous domestic responsibilities that were often very taxing or even dangerous.
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In this way, girls were prevented from earning a formidable education, further entrenching them in their inability to sustain themselves. When US resettlement program began in , one requirement was that the children must be orphaned. Because these girls had been living within a family unit for anywhere from 9—14 years, they were no longer considered orphans, and therefore were ineligible for the resettlement program.
As a result, relatively few of the Lost Girls were able to benefit from the resettlement program to the US. Moreover, the stories of the Lost Girls are generally forgotten in light of their limited exposure when in the refugee camps. While the boys were encouraged to share their stories and what happened to them, girls were shunned from public light. Speaking of the rape was unacceptable and left the girls vulnerable to being blamed for the rape that occurred against them. Therefore, the Lost Boys are more focused on in literature. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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