John Bul Dau
Thursday, February 19, 2015
One of the storied "Lost Boys of Sudan," John Bul Dau, featured in the award-winning documentary,God Grew Tired of Us, has experienced trials in life that most people never imagine. But now he is living the American Dream.Born in war-torn South Sudan, Dau is one of 27,000 boys driven from their villages when the northern Arab government attacked the ethnic minority population in 1987. For the next five years, Dau led groups of displaced boys across Sudan for hundreds of miles facing starvation, disease, and violence. In 2001, he immigrated to the US, but he hasn't forgotten his homeland.Today, he is President of the John Dau Foundation, and counts among his accomplishments opening the Duk Lost Boys Clinic in his home village, which has been responsible for: more than 9,000 vaccinations for children, more than 3,000 mothers have given birth for the first time ever in a medical facility, more than 110,000 patients have received life-saving medical care since the clinic opened, 600 patients who were blind had their eyesight restored, and over 1,500 malnourished children and elderly served. Dau's work in Jonglei is highlighted in the 2013 documentary film Duk County.In 2007, Dau co-authored his first book, God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir, which received the National Geographic Emerging Explorers award. His second book is Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan.Dau is a natural leader who exemplifies true resilience and perseverance under the most horrific of circumstances. Today, Dau is a compelling motivational speaker whose life is defined by his uncompromised commitment to having a lasting impact on the future of his native country.