On Friday, May 19 at 7:30 PM, the Justice & Peace Immigration Subcommittee will present God Grew Tired of Us, a 2006 documentary about three of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’. It chronicles the arduous journey of John Bul Dau, Daniel Pach and Panther Bior from their native Sudan to Ethiopia and eventually to the US. As young boys in the 1980s, they had walked a thousand miles to escape their war-ridden homeland, and then had to make another arduous journey to escape Ethiopia. As they walked in search of safety, thousands died from starvation, dehydration, bomb raids and genocidal murder. Finally, they found relative safety in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. In 2001, 3,600 lost boys, including John, Daniel and Panther, were invited by the United States to live in America. Assisted by Catholic Charities International, the three boys again embark on a journey, leaving behind thousands of other refugees who have become their adopted extended family. They dedicate themselves to doing whatever they can to help those they left behind in Kakuma, and to discovering the fate of their parents and family.
The title comes from a statement by John, in expressing that he thought the suffering and killings he saw during his country’s civil war may have been the final judgment on the earth spoken of in the Bible, because “God was tired of us,” “tired of the bad things the people were doing.”
There is no charge for this event. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be provided.