Main Character in GWMS School Play to be Highlighted in PBS Documentary

posted Jan 3, 2011, 4:02 PM by Thad Ring   [ updated Jan 5, 2011, 3:33 PM ]
This Friday Night, January 7, WETA will air a documentary highlighting information on the Sudanese man named Salva Dut.  This timing is particularly appropriate because of the highly anticipated upcoming referendum in Sudan scheduled for Sunday on whether the country's southern region will secede from the north.  The show is called "Need to Know" and has been announced to air at 10:30 pm.  (note, if you do not see it on Friday Night, the show can be viewed by following this link:

As announced here earlier in December, the GWMS Drama Club's 2011 Spring Play, The Walking Boys, is based on the autobiography of Salva Dut.  He is one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan who escaped his country's civil war and lived in refugee camps before he found asylum in the United States.  

The play presents the story of a son's love for his family, a journey of hope, and a desire to improve the lives of others with the gift of clean water.  It recounts his journey as an 11 year old boy fleeing his home to escape a civil war, his struggle for survival as a "Walking Boy" in the harsh landscape of Southern Sudan and as a refugee in camps in both Ethiopia and Kenya.  His journey seemingly ends in America until he discovers many years later that his father is alive but ill, and that life for his people back in Sudan is extremely difficult in part due to the lack of clean drinking water.  His journey comes full circle as he returns to Sudan to reunite with his father and transform the lives of his people with the simple gift of water.