to the strengths of the current, due to their inability to swim as well as falling prey to crocodiles (PBS 2004). Kinship A momentary relief set in for those who reached the refugee camps in Ethiopia which only lasted approximately four years. They were given food, shelter, and the opportunity to learn English. The southern Sudanese originally had a kin-based society and according to Evans-Pritchard (1940), they "can establish kinship of some kind—real, assumed, by analogy, mythological, or just fictitious—with everybody they come into contact with during this lifetime… for all social obligation of a personal kind is defined in terms of kinship." Since most of the boys had lost their
biological family, they started forming new families with the boys they shared these traumatizing experiences with. Unfortunately, after four years they were on the run again. Changes in the Ethiopian government occurred, and the Lost Boys were once again forced to fend for themselves as they began to flee to Kenya. The journey to the KaKuma Camp in Kenya was not going to be a simple one, they had to travel thousands of miles to reach their destination. The battles were the same, they fought dehydration, starvation, and not only animal predators, but war induced predators as well. By the time they reached Kenya, their population was whittled down to twelve thousand from the original thirty thousand. Despite the fact they had made it to another refugee camp, they still faced many obstacles. One of the lost boys described his experience: “Kakuma Camp was not safe; the refugees were not safe. The local Kenyan people were very hostile; they were not friendly towards Sudanese and all refugees in general. They sneaked into the camps at night to kill or steal food.” (Muhindi and Nyakato, 2002). At this point, the lost boys could only trust themselves and formed small families with each other. One example of the loss of culture is the loss of kinship they once shared. A small group of boys were given the chance to reorient in the United States. In the film, a group of boys that had experienced devastating circumstances together were housed in the same apartment. There was a conversation between some of the boys in the house, were they compared how much money they had sent back the Africa. They slightly bickered at who was doing more for the community back home. Unfortunately, in the economical bind they were placed in, it was hard to support themselves, let alone their ties overseas. After a short period of time, one of the boys decided to pursue a better opportunity in Kansas and left without much warning to the others. A phone call
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