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Lost Boys Found Oral Histories


“Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan.

These oral histories document the stories of the men and women who were separated from their families as children and driven out of their homeland during a bloody, generation-long civil war in Sudan that began in 1983. The brutal conflict claimed the lives of approximately 1.9 million people and displaced and orphaned nearly 23,000 Sudanese boys and girls, according the U.S. Committee for Refugees. The oral histories tell the story of children in time of war, divided communities and the resilience of the human spirit to find new beginnings.

This is the project of New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences faculty member Julie Amparano Garcia, with the assistance of students Arthur Morales, Harper MacNeill and Sarah Manyiel. This work would not be possible without the support of the Arizona Humanities and the Social Justice Fund.


Date Range
2012 2012


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Abraham was eleven years old when Arabs started attacking his village. The Arabs took the boys, livestock and raped young girls. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Bol, Abraham Atem
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Abraham left his village when war broke out and without food it was difficult to survive. Along with other boys, he ate grass and learned to clean muddy water for drinking. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Magot, Abraham Deng
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Abraham was six years old when he left village. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Abraham, Ngor
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Achai Garang was fourteen when she heard the guns from the SPLA fighting in the war. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Achai, Garang
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“Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Kual, Adaw, Morales, Arthur
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Alfed is from Juba in the Central Equatorial region. He left Juba in 1999 because of the war between the Sudanese government and the SPLA. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Roba, Alfred
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Alor Akuei Alor was eight and a half when he left his home. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Alor, Alor Akuei
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Anderia is from Bor and doesn’t remember when and why he left his home. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Garang, Anderia
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Anyuon left his village in 1989 during the middle of the night. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Chan, Anyuon
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Arkangelo stayed in Panyido for four years but left in 1991 because of the war attacks. “Lost Boys Found” is an ongoing, interdisciplinary project that is collecting, recording and archiving the oral histories of the Lost Boys/Girls of Sudan. The collection is a work-in-progress, seeking to record the oral history of as many Lost Boys/Girls as are willing, and will be used in a future book.

Contributors
Arop, Arkangelo