What is the What
By Dave Eggers
This book is phenomenal. It’s a novel… sort of. You see, it’s based on the life of a real Sudanese man, Valentino Achak Deng, but it includes details and memories of other civil war survivors to give one of the most comprehensive narratives you’ll ever find about the conflict. From his near-death experiences as a “Lost Boy” to endless struggles in a refugee camp to a surprisingly difficult life settling in America, Valentino’s story is one you won’t soon forget.
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God Grew Tired of Us
Directed by Christopher Quinn
An absolutely fascinating documentary. In the movie, we follow the lives of three Sudanese “Lost Boys” as they are re-settled in the USA. We follow their struggles to find jobs, settle down and make sense of the vast differences of American culture. It’s poignant at times, funny at others, but always brings home a message of hope. Highly recommended!
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