Gabriel Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol, Southern Sudanese "Lost Boys" in the U.S., were forced to flee Sudan as children when their villages were attacked in 1987, finding safety for a time in a refugee camp in Ethiopia until needing to flee once more, this time to Kakuma camp in Kenya. Since leaving Sudan, they have scarcely been able to obtain news about their villages or families.

In May 2007, accompanied by filmmaker Jen Marlowe and journalist David Morse, Gabriel, Koor and Garang will return to Sudan to discover the fate of their homes and families. Gabriel will take the first steps toward starting a school in his village, and Koor will bring medical supplies to and volunteer at a clinic in his. They will also return to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Along the way, David and Jen will invite the thoughts and analyses of the people of South Sudan, two and a half years after the signing of the fragile Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Their reporting explores the connections between the conflict in South Sudan and in other parts of Sudan, including Darfur, probing the larger questions of identity and ethnicity. Through video and written pieces, they will attempt to gauge the current state of South Sudan — taking a pulse on the Southern Sudanese people's hopes and fears for the future.

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Jen Marlowe traveled to Darfur with two colleagues to make the documentary Darfur Diaries: Message from Home. Her second feature length film is the award-winning Rebuilding Hope: Sudan's Lost Boys...
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David Morse visited South Sudan in 2005. He is writing a book about South Sudan, and an article for a national magazine. His articles have appeared in magazines such as Esquire and The Nation, in...