Salva Dut, founder and president of Water for Sudan Inc. and one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan, has been invited to the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus by the Student Activists for Darfur.
Dut, who is now 30 years old, was one of the 17,000 Walking Boys of Sudan who fled the war-torn southern regions of the country. He will speak at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in Coxe 8.
Escaping from Sudan when he was 11 years old, Dut lived with about 1,500 Walking Boys for more than 11 years. They went first east to Ethiopia, where he spent about five years; and then southwest to Kenya, where he lived inside the barbed wire fences of the United Nations-controlled Kakuma refugee camp outside the Kenyan city of Lodwar. He lived in this refugee camp with 92,000 other people for nearly six years.
In 1996, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, 3,000 of these Walking Boys — including Dut — came to the United States. Others went to Australia and Canada and some returned to Sudan to join the opposition forces in combat against the government's northern army.
With no educational background, Dut enrolled in Monroe Community College in Rochester, where he earned his GED and later an associate's degree in business. He is now enrolled at SUNY-Brockport, where he has a semester left in his pursuit of a bachelor's degree in international business. He became a U.S. citizen in September 2001 and later formed a charitable organization, Water for Sudan Inc., to enable him to drill wells and provide clean, fresh water in his homeland.
Details on Dut’s group are available at www.waterforsudan.org/index.html. Details on his visit to Geneva are available by e-mailing Jacquelyn Sands ’09 at email@example.com.