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War and Poverty

Worried the government will implement Sharia law throughout the country, the rebel army SPLA attack Islamic areas. The Sudanese government retaliate and the civil war begins. The government destroys villages in Southern Sudan, putting millions out of their homes. The Southern Sudanese walk to Ethiopia and away from the trouble. During their walk, they have to avoid capture, hunger and disease. Even though many are just small children, people do not want to help, fearing retaliation, particularly as Valentino's Dinka tribe is affiliated with the SPLA. One of the only ways the Dinka can get help is through bartering. By the end of their journey, many boys have sold their clothes for food. Unfortunately, this leaves them without protection from the mosquitoes and the rain. When they get to Ethiopia, life is more secure, but the SPLA control their camp. Many boys join the SPLA as...

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