Former “Lost Boy” from Sudan to Speak at Hartwick Tonight

October 13, 2009

John Dau, featured in the documentary film "God Grew Tired of Us," which depicts the attacks by the northern Arab government on the southern tribes of the Sudan, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 22 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. His presentation, titled, "God Grew Tired of Us: the Civil War in Sudan from the Perspective of the Southern Tribes," is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

When Dau was 11 years old, he was forced to flee his country when Arab forces destroyed his village. He eventually led thousands of other displaced children and orphans to Ethiopia - a journey of 1,000 miles that lasted five years. He spent the years between 1987 and 2001 either in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, or on the run.

Dau was chosen to immigrate to the United States in 2001 and currently lives in Syracuse, NY, where he is earning a degree in Policy Studies at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

His talk is sponsored by the Hartwick College Department of Anthropology the Mellon Foundation's First-Year Experience Grant. For further information, contact Professor of Anthropology Connie Anderson at or 607-431-4861.

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Contact: Christopher Lott
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