Sudan Lost Boy goes home after 22 years

Producer Malachi Leopold wants to fly to the Sudan next month for a month of filming the poignant story of one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, who will reunite with his parents after 22 years of separation.

The problem is, Leopold needs $10,000 in travel expenses to order to accompany Kuek Garang and produce a documentary about his odyssey.

The Lost Boys of the Sudan was the name given by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to 27,000 boys whose villages were destroyed during the Sudan’s horrific 20-year Civil War that began in the early 1980s.

Garang, one of the Sudanese Lost Boys, came to Chicago in 2001 through the efforts of the IRC. Now 28, he was only six yeas old when the government troops systematically attacked villages in southern Sudan killing many of its inhabitants.

The young boys who escaped evaded thirst, starvation, wild animals, insects, disease and one of the bloodiest wars of the 20th century. It took Garang years to walk across Africa in a distance equivalent from Chicago to Denver to cross borders to reach international relief camps in Ethiopia and Kenya.