Salva Dut is the founder of Water for South Sudan. He's one of the 17,000 Lost Boys of Sudan who fled his village when war ravaged the country between 1983 and 2005. Dut walked thousands of miles from his home to Ethiopia, and then to Kenya, where he lived in refugee camps for years. In 1996, he came to the United States as a refugee, and realized how many Americans take food and water for granted. Back in Sudan, villagers must walk miles every day just to gain access to clean water.
Dut made it his mission to help improve conditions for people in South Sudan. In 2003, he formally established Water for South Sudan, a non-profit which drills wells for villages. Dut is in Rochester for several events at Monroe Community College, but first, he shares his story on Connections. In studio:
- Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan
- Lynn Malooly, executive director of Water for South Sudan