Comment: 'The lost boys of South Sudan' - Inside the country ravaged by war and poverty
Six years ago, while I was working in the small South Sudanese town of Wunrok, I had the opportunity to speak with two of Sudan’s ‘Lost Boys’.
In the late 1980s, these boys, along with 20,000 more, had been forced to flee their homeland unaccompanied as civil war raged remorselessly around them. One headed for Ethiopia to the east; the other decided to take his chances in Uganda to the south.
They walked for weeks across a hazardous, war-ravaged country. Their ultimate aim was safety and a new life. They were lucky; they survived. Many didn’t make it.