Bulls forward Luol Deng hosts Lost Boys of Sudan sixth annual "Hope for Sudan Celebration"
January 4, 2011 – Luol Deng, a native of Sudan, hosted the Lost Boys of Sudan sixth annual “Hope for Sudan Celebration” at Truman College on Sunday.
Beginning at 1 p.m., Deng led a day of festivities to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Sudanese Independence Day. The event also served as a celebration for the Lost Boys birthdays. Immigration paperwork marks January 1, as the birthday for all of the Sudanese boys. Additionally, the event raised awareness about the Southern Sudan Referendum scheduled for January 9.
The festivities included guest speakers such as Deng and also a variety of performances from Sudanese musicians. The Bulls would like to thank Hinckley Springs, Vienna Beef, Connie’s Pizza and Edy's® Ice Cream for donating lunch for everyone attending the event.
The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of Sudanese boys who saw their parents killed and villages burned as a civil war engulfed Sudan during the 1980s. The boys walked on a journey that lasted about 3 months in search of safety. Over half were killed or captured. After 14 years in refugee camps, their plight came to the attention of the U.S. State Department and beginning in 2001 many of them were resettled in the United States. Over 125 live among us in the Chicago area.
The Chicago Association for the Lost Boys of Sudan (CALBOS) was formed in 2002 for the purpose of providing mentoring, medical help, emergency assistance, employment counseling and educational support to the Lost Boys of Sudan living in Chicago. For more information, please visit sudanesecommunitycenter.org. or lostboyschicago.com.