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From 1985 to 2005, Sudan was wracked by civil war.

Millions died, millions

more were displaced, fleeing for their lives to refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya,
and other countries.
Among those who fled through barren, war torn southern desert were thousands of
children, mostly boys, some as young as five. They became known as the Lost
Boys of Sudan. Five thousand died. Slava Dut, the main character of A Long
Walk to Water, was one of those boys. Relocated to the United States in 1996, he
now leads Water for South Sudan, Inc., the non-profit organization he founded in
In 2005, after over two decades of war, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was
signed. In peaceful areas of South Sudan, Water for South Sudan is achieving the
vision of Salva Dut, drilling water wells in South Sudan. As of May, 2013 WFSS
has drilled 177 wells in remote villages of South Sudan, bringing clean water to
over 400,00 people.
Without safe water, millions of South Sudanese must trek miles, everyday to
collect water from ponds, marshes, ditches, or hand-dug wells. This water is often
contaminated with parasites and disease-bearing bacteria. The results are sickness,
even death. Imagine if you are a woman who treks miles each day for oftencontaminated water in desert heat often reaching upwards of 120 degrees
Fahrenheit. Returning home, you carry a 40 to 50 pound water container on your
head. Your children may walk with you, or wait at home for a drink, a bath.
Theyre not in school because there is no school.
Then, a change happens. A borehole well is drilled nearby, sponsored by Water for
South Sudan which was founded in 2003 by Salva Dut (the main character of A
Long Walk to Water) Now, instead of hours of walking, or waiting for safe,
drinkable water, theres time for other things. Important things for your family,
your village. Your village builds a school. A teacher arrives. Your children have
new learning and new dreams for their lives.