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  • The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of Dinka youth who fled civil war in their native country, spent a decade growing up in a Kenyan refugee camp, and were eventually resettled in the United States.  The Dinka are the largest ethnic group in southern Sudan.  In the United States, the Lost Boys faced many challenges while adapting to their new lives and trying to maintain their cultural identities as Dinka.

    1. What caused the civil war in Sudan?

      When the British abandoned colonization of North Africa in the 1950s, they quickly established Sudan. They combined two separate territories within its borders, pitting the Arab North against Black Christian south. The civil war was also a conflict over oil.

    2. Where did the Lost Boys flee to first? Why couldn't they stay there?

      They fled to Ethiopia until a change in government forced them to leave.

    3. Where did the Lost Boys flee to next?

      They went to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

    4. Why did some of the Lost Boys immigrate into the United States?

      The United States government agreed to resettle some of them, because they could not return to war-ridden Sudan and had little hope of finding their families.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    civil war Noun

    conflict between groups in the same country or nation.

    emigrant Noun

    person who moves from their existing country or region to a new country or region.

    immigrant Noun

    person who moves to a new country or region.

    migration Noun

    movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.

    refugee Noun

    person who flees their home, usually due to natural disaster or political upheaval.

    territory Noun

    land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.

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