The Committee On Religious
at Christ Church, Louisville, KY
up for anyone has its ups and downs but
for Isaac Garang Kuir, childhood was
fraught with danger and peril.
When he was just a young boy in 1987,
his village in southern Sudan was
attacked by government militia.
His mother and father were killed.
He was forced to flee. As he
wandered the countryside looking for a
safe place to stay, he met other boys
who had also fled their villages.
Isaac had become one of the lost boys of
Eventually he was reunited with a
brother and a sister who told him about
the continued tragedy of their village.
They and the other boys continued to
make their way on foot. Without
much food or water, they ate tree leaves
to survive. Eventually the reached
Sudan's border with Ethiopia where the
United Nations was able to provide them
with food and shelter. However
when the political situation in Ethiopia
become precarious, the refugees were
forced to flee back into Sudan.
Just inside the border a the river Gillo,
militia forces shot at the boys.
Many drowned while desperately trying to
cross the river. Isaac
the other boys traveled hundreds of
miles on foot through the desert.
Sustained by the Red Cross which
provided them with food and water
dropped by air, Isaac and the other boys
made their way to a refugee camp in
northern Kenya. Here Isaac was able to
attend school and learn a trade. In
February of 2005 he arrived in
Louisville, KY (USA) and has been
sponsored by Resurrection Episcopal
Church. He is working and attending
school in Louisville and one day hopes
to be reunited with his wife and two
children who are still in Kenya.
shared his story with Christ Church on
Wednesday evening, October 12, 2005.
The Committee On Religious Persecution
(CORP) at Christ Church is eager to help
the Christians in southern Sudan.
Currently, there is a fragile peace in
southern Sudan (unlike in the Darfur
region of Sudan to the north and west).
Working with the Christian relief
organization Samaritan's Purse, CORP
hopes to contribute to the rebuilding of
churches that had been destroyed by
attacking militias. There is so much we
can do to for our brothers and sisters.