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22 Years From Home

31 Mar

The film, 22 Years From Home, tells the story of Kuek Aleu Garang. At the age of 6, Kuek was separated from his family during the Sudanese Civil War. Joining thousands of other children, Kuek fled to Pinyudo refugee camp in Ethiopia. In 1991, rebels overthrew the Ethiopian government and drove the Sudanese refugees out of Ethiopia and back into Sudan. Kuek walked for a year – facing starvation, military assaults, animal attacks, and disease – before arriving in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. In 1998, the U.S. State Department initiated a resettlement program for several thousand Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan. Rather than risk returning to Sudan to search for his family, Kuek applied for resettlement and was accepted. In 2001, he moved to Chicago, IL. In April 2009, documentary filmmaker Malachi Leopold accompanied Kuek on his journey back to Sudan to reunite with his family for the first time in 22 years.


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Posted by on March 31, 2010 in The Sudan

 

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