Reporting from Chicago – After he fled Sudan’s civil war as a child in the 1980s, Garang Mayuol knew in his heart that he would return.

In 2001, he was among about 3,800 young Sudanese men, known as the “Lost Boys,” who were settled in the United States. From refugees to American citizens, attaining education and success, the Lost Boys have become international symbols of war and survival.

Resettlement efforts scattered them across the country, but Mayuol, 27, stayed in touch with two friends from the Kakuma camp in Kenya. All three were determined to return someday to their villages.

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