Sudan's Lost Boys

By: Hayley Kinlaw and Jennifer James

In 1987, over 20,000 children were separated from their families. Of the 20,000 children most were boys from the ages of 7 to 17. This all started when government troops and government-sponspored militias attacked many villages in southern Sudan, killing many people.

Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and Sudanese Government have been at war in southern Sudan. Camps of boys that have survived the journey are now mainly distributed in Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. When the boys arrived at the camps they mostly led a peaceful life. Other organizations helped with this issue. UNICEF has reunited about 1,200 boys with their families so far. Also, the Lost Boys Emergency Fund has recieved and given over $14,000 to southern Sudanese refugees. They are still trying to relocate the boys back to their families.