Friday, January 21, 2011

The Lost Boys- Story of Sudan and the Boys of War

I watched a movie about the Sudanese and the war that enveloped them in the the early 1980s. This war was based on religion, where the Muslims from the north attacked the Christian's from the south. This movie was from the perspective of the southern Christians, no mention of the northern perspective categorized by "Muslims." The movie was based on over 27000 people, many of them young boys, who walked over 1000 miles thru the desert with no food supply or water, and literally where close to death as they arrived in the Ethiopian refugee camp 5 years later called Kakuma. Over 2 million people have been killed in this war, and many died on this epic journey across the Sudanese land across the African border to Ethiopia and Kenya.

Many years later, the boys, men now, who made it to the refugee camp were given the opportunity to come to the US and go to school and get a job with government help.( Although the gov. made them pay back all the flight fare to bring them to America...pfff) They where interviewed throughout the movie, and gave a cool perspective on the difference between American culture and that of the Sudanese, a country at war and desperate for money. In Sudan, they lived very simplistically from the earth, herded cattle, made there homes from the earth, garden, and farmed. Before the war began, these men who were being interviewed, at the time before the war started they were boys, and describe their lives back then. They we're at home, their home life was very rich with tradition and practical living as they lived as a clan/community. Everyone knew each other and villages would gather and enjoy dance celebrations or stories, they had no technology, no running water, no electricity, no transportation, but had a enriched and interconnected living environment that was united and caring.  They didn't know any of the 'luxuries' we take for granted here in America. Although now, in Sudan, and for the last 20 years mostly everything has been destroyed and the people are dispersed with very sufferable conditions as they have no money and no opportunity to gain any for the most part.

About 3600 Sudanese have come to America to participate in this opportunity to gain money and get a job through a government program that was offered to them, the men that have come here have gained great strides in their learning and most of them give all there savings to the people back in the refugee camps as they see them as family, and feel 'bad' that they are comfortable while many suffer back in there homeland of Sudan. As they grew accustomed to the 'American' way of  life, they got into the grove of schedules, time, and the quick pace that is pushed with in our 'time is money' mentality. They noticed that Americans are not friendly as they are back home (in Sudan) where community living and coming together and helping others is common place. It seems like here in America, we have lost that sense of living and enjoying the company of our fellow brothers and sisters around us, we rather throw someone off the property that is not known then offer them a seat and discuss what is going on with them. There is so much fear and hype of fear through many outlets and the actions of ourselves, that we be'lie've we can not trust anyone. I live here in America, through all this technology and corporations we have given ourselves away to money, what it can buy us and what we can do with it, to the detriment to living life here and enjoying it as pure and simple as just living and being here with the life around us. Life is not perfect here, but it can be, we just have to re-allocate our priorities, start living in principled ways, and start living in self honesty and correcting ourselves in self forgiveness, its really the only real way I can see myself changing because it takes everything into account and doesn't allow fickleness or bs. I either live self honesty/self forgiveness and change or I stay stagnant to my grave making no difference.

This movie was an interesting contrast to visually see where people that has little to nothing in material wealth, but seems to have so much in life as living beings connected to nature, people in there community, feeling enriched just being alive and appreciating the life around them and themselves. Where Americans, we don't really have any community feel like clan/village living, and have all the money in the world so to speak (it seems, but not so) and have lost ourselves in the life of more and better stuff. (although many suffer here in America, it comes down to money as the giver of life; equal money will give life equal value to all and will have the effect of life living in real true freedom as we will be free, as the principle in EMS is seeing all as one as equal to self as life.)

The need for equilibrium in the world is so necessary as many are dying for lack of money. Equal money will start to change the living standard as life will be considered in all aspects, all realms, and will be localized in community living because that is common sense. More to come on community living in equal money.

The movie was called : God Grew Tired of Us

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