Founder and Senior Advisor for Water for South Sudan
After Sudan’s civil war in 1985, many fled. 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.” Salva Dut was one of those boys. As an 11-year old Dinka from Tonj in southwest Sudan, Salva fled first to Ethiopia. Then later, as a teenager, he led 1500 “Lost Boys” hundreds of miles through the Southern Sudan desert to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. That courage and heroic perseverance continue to this day. Relocated to the United States in 1996, he now leads Water for South Sudan, the non-profit organization he founded in 2003. In 2010 award-winning author Linda Sue Park published A Long Walk to Water which tells Salva’s story. The book has sold over 1 million copies and is in the Common Core curriculum. It has been translated in to 13 languages and has inspired more than $1 million in donations to WFSS from supporters around the world.