Lost Boy from Sudan, Skypes with BMS students.
On Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 5th, 7th, and 8th grade students got the opportunity to Skype directly with Mr. John Bul Dau, a former Lost Boy Refugee from Sudan, who is now working to help his people in South Sudan through his foundation. 5th Grade students had learned of the plight of the Lost Boys through their reading of the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park earlier this school year. 7th and 8th graders cover the topic of the Lost Boys in Sudan in 7th grade Geography class and look specifically at Mr. John Bul Dau’s story through readings and a documentary.
Mr. Dau spoke to the students about his individual struggles starting as a refugee at the age of 12, separated entirely from his family as he walked to safety in first Ethiopia and then Kenya, all the way until the establishment of his foundation to help the people of South Sudan, based out of New York State. He spoke of many different struggles throughout his life including, but not limited to: starvation; being separated from his entire family; leading his group of young boy refugees to safety; escaping military attacks; starting his education at the age of 17 with only the dirt to trace his letters in; coming to the United States as a refugee; working three jobs to save some money for community college; and more. Through all of these difficult struggles he persevered and never gave up hope. He has since been reunited with his family, has successfully established 11 different medical clinics in South Sudan, continues to work with the United Nations and other Lost Boys, and started a family of his own. His story is truly inspiring and contained many strong messages of encouragement and bravery for the students. He was also able to answer some of the students very thoughtful questions about cultural differences and perception.
We are very grateful to have had this opportunity and feel that it was a wonderful and educational experience for both staff and students. Thanks to Mr. John Dau and his team for making this happen!
Miss Natalie Geeza
7th Grade Geography