Some 4,000 of Sudan’s “lost boys” — orphans who fled Muslim militias — are struggling to support themselves and get an education in America.
A few of the lost boys, like Samuel Garang, 23, who lives in California, somehow managed to work in the day and attend school at night.
“America wasn’t paradise and it wasn’t as easy as they told you in the camps,” says Samuel, who has done the rounds of menial jobs: he’s been a security guard and is now a bagger, someone who puts shoppers’ groceries in their bags at supermarkets.
He won’t be a bagger much longer. Samuel completed his high school diploma, went on to junior college and did well enough to be accepted at one of America’s most prestigious universities, Stanford, in California in September.
Salt Lake City is celebrating the success of its lost boys, most of whom have made it to college.
The lost boys are survivors of massacres and a long trek to refugee camps. They seem to be very resilient.