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Sudanese Lost Boy on life in US


During the Sudanese civil war, thousands of young boys were displaced or orphaned - earning them the name 'Lost Boys'.

The US government and the UNHCR established a programme in which more than 3,000 Lost Boys were allowed to resettle in America.

Opened in 2003, the Lost Boys Center in Phoenix, Arizona, is a one-stop shop for those who arrived in the US in the early 1990s.

From offering English classes and hosting heated dominoes battles, the center has also taken on the task of dispersing 13,000 official refugee records to former Lost Boys living around the world.

Kuol Awan, the center's executive director, is a Lost Boy himself. In this first person account, he talks about establishing himself in the US, and coming to terms with a normal life after a childhood of terror and fear.

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