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South Sudan "Lost Boy" visits Southeast Kansas middle school

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Monan Bol's journey has been one of hardship and terror. A lost boy from South Sudan, he witnessed a civil war first hand.

"We eat maybe one time, for two days," said Bol.

He now finds himself living in Kansas City and currently visiting Pittsburg Community Middle School to share his experience.

Sixth grader Gavyn Elkamil's says Bol's story is special to him.

"My grandfather was born in South Sudan," he said.

Elkamil said seeing stories come to life means more than just words on paper.

"We read these books and they tell us about it, but we really can't feel the emotion until he (Bol) tells us about stuff."

Students read a book called "A Long Walk to Water", a book was about a South Sudan refugee who went back to his country to supply clean water.

"It's written for middle school students. It's the true story of a South Sudan refugee that did escape as a lost boy. Eventually he had the opportunity to come to America with refugee status. Now he gives back to his country by building water wells," said Reading Teacher Lynette Wescott.

Bol's story is different. After his family fled his village, his father was killed and Bol was captured by the militia.

"I say thank god because we are alive," said Bol.

In 2012, Bol returned to Sudan to find his family.

"I haven't seen my mom in 20 years. I went back and seen the village she (mom) didn't know me,"

Elkamil says,"I'm going to think about how I can motivate and give back to our community.

Bol is the nephew of the late NBA player Manute Bol.

Until recently being laid off, he was working in Kansas City. He plans to eventually move his mother and brother to America.

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