They speak quietly, gracefully, their gentle voices revealing none of the unspeakable horrors they saw – and survived – so early in life.
“Didn’t see my mother, how she die with my father, and I left,” says Akol Madut.
Many of us are about to learn more about the extraordinary story of courage and survival of men such as Makol with the October 3rd release of the Hollywood movie entitled “The Good Lie.”
But more people may know them better by a phrase used to describe them when they were very young: the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”
What many people in Northeast Ohio may not know is the remarkable story of how close to 40 of the so-called “Lost Boys” wound up here in Cleveland back in 2001.
It’s a happier end to what began as a tragic, violent story.
Since 1983, the east African nation of Sudan has been engaged in civil wars.
According to a United Nations synopsis, since then, a half a million people have died in the conflicts, and more have been displaced – fleeing their homes and the fighting for refugee camps.
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LOCAL NEWS: ‘The Lost Boys of Cleveland’ Big Screen Debut was originally published on praisecleveland.com