In 1983, when civil war broke out in Sudan, 27,000 orphaned children walked 1,000 miles to safety in Ethiopia. Many died from starvation, others were eaten by crocodiles and lions. After spending nearly 2 decades in refugee camps, a few thousand Lost Boys were granted asylum in the US.
By the year 2000, 3,300 Lost Boys began the formal process of resettlement in the United States. Approximately 100 Lost Boys currently reside in San Diego, California. The Lost Boys are pursuing degrees in local colleges and universities, and working in a variety of fields.