A student shares his experience
arok studentWilliam Haynes, a student who attended the First Annual SOSS Lunchon held at the Posner Center in Denver Co., sent this wonderful letter about his experience.
On September 13, 2014, I had the privilege of attending the first annual Luncheon for the
Seeds of South Sudan organization.
Two former lost boys attended, one of them was the founder of the organization, Arok
Garang. Arok was born in South Sudan in 1982, seven years later, a horrible war broke out
between the Northern Sudanese and the Southern Sudanese. The North was better armed, had
more men, and had the support of many Arab countries. The South’s only army was a makeshift
one, strung together at the last moment. It consisted of tribesmen and that was it.
At the beginning of the War, the South was bombed, orphaning most of its children. Arok
Garang was one of the unfortunate. His village was bombed, nothing left. Only a few grownups
and many children. They decided to go to the Kakuma refugee camp, all the way in north
The road to get there was awful. Many children were eaten by animals, or died of lack a
of food and water. The time that was spent on the road to Kakuma was a living nightmare. Full
of death. One night, they came across a roaring river, full of hippos and alligators. Nearly half
the children died trying to cross that river. Arok, was lucky and made it to Kakuma…
The Kakuma refugee camp is dusty, scarce of food and water, and a horrid place to live.
Arok Garang lived there for a decade. Naturally, Arok applied to get out of there, and come to
America. It took two years for the people he sent his application to to say yes. Arok made it to
the US, but had to say goodbye to the many people who could not go with him:
-His parents were killed in the bombings, they would have to stay in Africa
-His friends died in Kakuma or on the way to Kakuma, they would have to stay in Afrcica as well
-And finally the people who did not get accepted into the US
When Arok got to America, he started an organization called the Seeds of South Sudan.
It helps educate and empower the orphans (lost boys and girls) of South Sudan. Now that South
Sudan is its own country, no longer controlled by the North, they need leaders. These leaders
will be the people that SOSS helps educate.
With your help, we can empower these poor lost boys and girls.
Please go online and see how you can make a country much better.