A Lost Boy Finds His Purpose | John Dau | TEDxRVA

John Dau recalls the night he was separated from his family in South Sudan at the age of 16 to find himself among the other “Lost Boys of Sudan.” His journey has been a long road of survival and perseverance. Making this journey has not been an easy one. He has some words of encouragement for some who find themselves on their own journey.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. It was filmed and edited by Tijo Media at the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center in Richmond, VA.

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Born in war-torn Sudan, John Dau is one of 27,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan,” driven from their villages when the northern Arab government attacked the ethnic minority population of South Sudan in 1987. In 2006, Dau was featured in the award-winning documentary, “God Grew Tired of Us,” and wrote a memoir of the same name, published by National Geographic in 2007. Dau is the President of both the Dau Foundation and the South Sudan Institute. The Dau Foundation works on providing nutrition and medical services at three different locations in Duk County, with a special focus on children under five and pregnant and lactating women. Dau is a born leader whose life is defined by his commitment to the future of his native country.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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