CSU, Chico News

Former “Lost Boy of Sudan” Will Address Human Rights Abuses in South Sudan and Darfur

Date: 10-24-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Carol Edelman
Department of Sociology

Deng Chol, executive director of the Lost Boys’ and Lost Girls’ National Nonprofit Organization, will speak on “Human Rights Abuses and Mass Murder by the Khartoum Government in the South of Sudan and in Darfur” on Monday, Nov. 5. The presentation, to be held at 8 p.m. in Holt 170 on the California State University, Chico campus, is free and open to the public.

Chol was born in 1977 in Duk Payuel in South Sudan, the son of a chief of a section of Dinka Bor, Nyarweng. He was forced to flee his home in southern Sudan as a young child. He escaped with other children on a two-month, 1,000-mile trek to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. He lived many years in camps in both Ethiopia and Kenya.

He is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, a name given by aid organizations to refer to the more than 20,000 boys who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War. In 2001, about 3,800 boys were brought to the United States. Chol was one of these boys.

Chol’s elementary school education took place in refugee camps in Ethiopia Lutheran World Federation in Nairobi, Kenya. He attended Arizona State University,] and received a BS in political science in 2004. He was the first “Lost Boy” to graduate from a major U.S. university. He is now earning an MBA in nonprofit management.

The Department of Sociology, the Modern Jewish and Israel Studies Minor and the Hillel Student Organization of CSU, Chico are sponsoring Chol’s visit.