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God Grew Tired of Us author coming to Wausau

March 31, 2009

John Bul Dau, one of the storied “Lost Boys of Sudan,” will take the Wausau East High School stage on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. The event is presented by A Walk in Their Shoes and is free and open to the public.

The book and DVD are currently available at Janke Book Store, 505-3rd Street, Wausau.

John Bul Dau, age 32, was born in Duk County in Southern Sudan. He was forced to flee his village as a child in 1987 and arrived at the Kakuma refugee camp 5 years later, where he had emerged as group leader with responsibility for more than 1000 other Lost Boys. Selected to move to the United States, he relocated to Syracuse, New York to pursue a job and further schooling. Often working double-shifts, Dau has been employed by McDonalds, UPS, XTO and General Super Plating. He was fortunate to locate his parents and siblings in Uganda and Sudan, and raised the funds necessary to bring his mother and a sister to live with him in Syracuse in 2004. Now married to Martha, who was one of the “Lost Girls” brought to America, Dau has worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Sudan. Dau’s experiences as a Sudanese Lost Boy both in Africa and in America are recounted in his memoir GOD GREW TIRED OF US, which was written with Michael S. Sweeney. He is the founder of the American Care for Sudan Foundation, which raises funds to build the Duk Lost Boys Clinic, the first medical clinic in Duk County where Dau lived as a boy.

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