Courtesy of International Institute
A local refugee will share his story of escape and survival Sunday, March 15, at Holy Family Parish from 7 to 8 p.m.
Lost Boy, Bol Aweng, fled his country of Southern Sudan in 1987, at the tender age of 6, along with 35,000 other Lost Boys. While walking 1,500 miles to Ethiopia and then to Kenya, he survived attacks by government troops and wild animals, illness, and starvation.
Once in Kenya, Bol spent 14 years in refugee camps. While in the refugee camps, he developed skills for expressing himself and telling his story through art. He immigrated to the United States in 2001, continued to develop his art, and graduated from the Ohio State University in 2009 with a degree in Fine Art. He has illustrated a children’s book titled, Maluak’s Cows, which tells the story of the “Lost Boys of South Sudan.”
Bol returned to Africa in 2007, was reunited with his family and heard horrific stories about the ongoing suffering in his homeland. From that visit arose the dream, and then the reality, of the Buckeye Health Clinic, which focuses on maternal and child health. In June, 2012, the Maternal and Child Health Care building was completed. The work continues and the needs are still great.
There will be a free-will offering to benefit the Buckeye Health Clinic in South Sudan. Copies of Bol’s book, Maluak’s Cows, and various art prints will be available for purchase.
For location and parking details, or for more information about the event, see the program flyer.