I watched this movie last week. This film is about the "Lost Boys" of Sudan.
In the mid-eighties, a civil war erupted in Sudan as the Muslim North began persecuting the poorer and Christian and Animist South in order to enshrine Shariah Law. The persecution primarily focused on the elimination of all males. An entire generation of young men were either killed or escaped. Over two million died in all and twenty-seven thousand young men excaped the country by foot first to Ethiopia and finally to Kenya where a refugee camp was established.
All thought that this camp would be a short term stay while immigration or peaceful return could be worked out. Unfortunately, the world turned a blind eye to this genocide and to the plight of these Lost Boys. Twelve years later, they were still in their refugee camp in Kenya.
What touched me about these men who literally grew up in a refugee camp was that they found ways to survive and even flourish in these times. They put together a governing structure. They initiated a school to teach them to read and write and to learn English as they anticipated and prepared for a time when they would be free of their camp and would begin life anew. There were times when they would not have food aid for two or three days so they termed these "black days". In response to these dark days they organized activities to keep their mind off their hunger. They would have talent shows, with singing, dancing, and story telling with a lot of humor. The black days ended up becoming the treasured memory of their time in the camp when they finally were able to leave.
The title of this documentary film reflects the sentiments of these deeply religious people. They see the world through the lens of their Christian faith. However, in the worst of times, God can seem so far away, even weary of the human race with all of its faults. God's mercy can sometimes seem slow in the face of injustice or suffering. But, one of the things that I have been learning from Holy Scripture is that God's timing often appears slow in taking place. Especially, when we are in the midst of that suffering or injustice. However, Holy Writ also tells us that God's timing is perfect. It always makes sense in the fullness of time and reflection.
These "lost boys" found hope in the middle of suffering because they believed that God would not abandon them. In God's own imitable way, that hope turned darkness into light. A time of famine became a time of celebration. Only a people whose faith in God would dare to do such a thing. The lost boys are a lesson of faith to us all.