John Bul Dau, Lost Boy of Sudan, will present free program

January 16, 2009


Humanitarian John Bul Dau, known as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will present a free program open to the public at noon Monday, Feb. 2, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.


Dau and thousands of other boys were Sudanese refugees whose courage and survival were featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary, "God Grew Tired of Us," winner of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award and Audience Award for documentaries. Narrated by actress Nicole Kidman, the documentary was filmed in Kenya, New York, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh, where many of the Lost Boys finally reached freedom. National Geographic also published Dau’s memoir with the same title.

In 1987 at age 13, Dau fled his home in southern Sudan, narrowly escaping troops sent to exterminate all black Christian males. His village was burned, women were raped, children were enslaved, and young men were killed. Dau and thousands of other Lost Boys began a perilous journey to freedom that spanned more than 1,000 miles and 14 years.

Dau is recognized internationally for his advocacy of human rights and his call to end the violence in Sudan through promoting cultural understanding and awareness of global issues.

Through his initiative, the Sudanese Lost Boys of New York Foundation was established as well as the American Care for Sudan Foundation.

Information about this program and others that are free to the public is available by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at or (724) 773-3951.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009