Lynn writes on her meeting with a “Lost Boy” from Sudan:
It was only after he was living in the US that Dane learned that most of his family did escape, and are now refugees in Uganda and Kenya. His father is dead.
There are more “Lost Boys” than girls for a reason: small boys had the job of taking care of the family herd animals. Girls had chores which kept them closer to home. So often, when troops came into the villages, the boys could see from a distance the village burning, and flee. Dane said about 30,000 boys had wound up as refugees, and 5000-7000 girls; many girls, instead, wound up as slaves. There has been an effort to buy slaves back, but they are hard to find, for they are scattered, and have lost their own language, knowing only the language of their captors.
Please read the rest for the personal story of Benson Dane.