Meet a Lost Boy of Sudan

Lost Boy of Sudan

Malual Deng Duot, a Lost Boy from southern Sudan, fled his homeland as a 9-year-old two decades ago. He and his family now live outside of Philadelphia. Photo by Patrick Carney / CRS

Malual Deng Duot was an innocent child playing with his friends near his home in Wangulei, Sudan, when he heard the first gun shots and screams. He and his friends had only one choice. Run.

Malual was one of thousands of boys across southern Sudan who fled the violence in their neighborhoods during a civil war that lasted from 1983 to 2005.

He left with the clothes on his back and no food or water. He walked for months until he finally settled in a refugee camp in Kenya, where he lived for 8 years.

Now, Malual is a 28-year-old husband and father of two young girls living near Philadelphia while he completes his master’s degree in political science at Villanova University. He has stayed involved in Sudanese news and politics from afar, and he proudly voted in the recent referendum to decide the fate of southern Sudan.

Malual arrived in the United States as a young man who fled his native Sudan as a young boy. He was apart from his family, walked for months without food or water and saw many young boys die along the way. Now, as southern Sudan prepares to become Africa’s newest nation on July 9, 2011, Malual looks toward the bright future for his native southern Sudan. He dreams of returning to his hometown, Wangueli, to start a program to improve the education for local children.

Now, you have an opportunity to chat with Malual about his childhood fleeing Sudan, growing up in Kenya and starting over in the United States. Catholic Relief Services is partnering with Villanova University to host a live one-hour online chat with Malual and CRS Sudan experts on Wednesday, March 2 at noon eastern.

You can sign up for a reminder e-mail for this live chat below.

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2 Responses to “Meet a Lost Boy of Sudan”

  1. Maria Leelavathi Joseph Says:

    To all the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan I would like to send this message of God which is true in their lives, “What’s more, I am with you, and will protect you wherever you go, and will bring you back safely to this land; I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you all I am promising.”

  2. arlene Says:

    I will be away from home that day, but CONGRATULATIONS on all that you hav e been able to accomplish. It is hard to imagine all the difficulties that you have had to surmount. I admire you for wishing to return to your homeland to help others LEARN… as you have found out, education is very important. I will keep you in my prayers, & wish you the very best of luck, good health & continued happiness with your family. Hugs, Arlene

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