'Lost Boy' finds water for South Sudan

Women carry water in south sudan. photo by ben dobbin

Women carry water in south sudan. photo by ben dobbin

Journalist Ben Dobbin profiles Water for South Sudan and its Founder, Salva Dut, in a story that appeared in the Rochester, New York Democrat & Chronicle, and also in USA Today.

Dobbin traveled to South Sudan in February of 2015 to retrace his steps from an earlier trip, and to document Water for South Sudan's progress since its beginnings in 2005.

Read his account of Salva's story, from one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan to years spent in refugee camps, to his resettlement in Rochester, New York and his eventual return to drill water wells in his home country. Salva has been joined by other former "Lost Boys" in South Sudan, Ater Akol Thiep, and A.J. Agok. Dobbin notes "They've swapped First World comforts — electricity, paved roads, tap water, garbage pickup, mail — for an arduous mission in this Texas-size mix of grasslands, swamps and rainforests where half the population lives on less than $1 a day."

Salva's and their story is intertwined with that of Water for South Sudan, now 10 years old, with more than 250 wells drilled in the world's newest country.