Who Are the Lost Boys of Sudan?
The “Lost Boys of Sudan” are the victims of the largest systematic program of child genocide since the Nazi Holocaust. They are among the estimated 2 million casualties of the Second Sudanese Civil War.
From 1983 to 2005, Arab Muslims from the north had been fighting black Christians in the south. By 1987, the North had devised a strategy: kill all the boys of South Sudan, to avoid fighting them later as adults. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that about 30,000 boys fled. These children have come to be known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. Most were between 5 and 10 years old. By the end of the journey, those who survived walked more than 1,000 miles. More than half didn't survive.