This year marks a very crucial milestone in the lives of Lost Boys & Girls of South Sudan. It will be thirty years this Fall since a group of young, un-accompanied Sudanese children first banded together in 1987 and trekked to Ethiopia to seek refuge. This move was soon followed by mass exodus as the north-south Civil War culminated in the displacement of civilians all over South Sudan.
Those who made it to Ethiopia were resettled in three refugee camps: Pinyudo, Itang and Dima, while the rest later went to Polataka, Borongoli, and Moli Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps inside South Sudan. In 1992, all those who were in Ethiopia along with some of these children in IDPs camps were taken to Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, before being granted the opportunity to come to the United States in 2000 and 2001. Some went to Canada and Australia.
So, to mark this important milestone, the Lost Boys & Girls in Nebraska met in Omaha on February 5, 2017 to discuss a preliminary proposal for the Celebration and Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the 1987 Journey to Ethiopia. The proposal was well-received following a short deliberation and a 9- member taskforce was formed to begin further consultation as well as the process of celebration.
The committee is pleased to announce that it has completed its due consultation and has scheduled a general meeting for Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Lincoln, NE. There, at that meeting, final resolution, including key details about the celebration, such as funding and the budget, venue/date/time, as well as the overall planning and invitation of V.I.P.s will be presented and adopted by the members.