Mark Bixler's The Lost Boys of Sudan Essays

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Since 1983, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudanese government have been at war within the southern region of Sudan. This brutal conflict has ravaged the country claiming hundreds of lives and exiling a vast number of the southern Sudanese people. Most of these outcasts were young men aging between five and twelve years of age who returned home from tending cattle to see their village being attacked and their fellow villagers being killed by government militias . These boys fled, not knowing what they would encounter on the journey to escape the violence in their own country. Hungry, frightened, and weak from their long and hellish journey, the boys reached refugee camps outside of Sudan. Even though many young men …show more content…

Education was a widespread desire within the camps, despite the harsh living conditions and the questions of whether parents were alive. The Lost Boys dream of a better life and recognized it could only be achieved from what they were learning from the helpers within the camps. While in the refugee camps, education was practiced by solving math problems and writing essays in the dirt. Materials for proper education were not abundant in the camps but time was one thing that was plentiful. Time is all the young men had and almost every second was used to enhance their abilities through education. Education was a process by which Jacob was encouraged and allowed to mature to his own potential; knowledge also served as a purpose of preparing what was and is necessary to be a meaningful member of society. Through teaching and learning, the individual acquires and develops knowledge and skills which develop them as a well-rounded person. Bixler illuminates how their desire for an education would enable the Lost Boys to expose the atrocities in their home country. Jacob and his fellow Lost Boys wanted to tell the rest of the world about the brutal day-to-day conflicts in Sudan; however, their lack of education limited their ability to effectively communicate their message. The high expectations for education created difficulties for Jacob. Arriving in the United States was different for the boys

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