Denver author gives a voice to the ‘lost girls’ of Sudan

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(Photo: Courtesy of Groundwood Books)

photo: sudan girlsWhile much has been written about the so-called "lost boys" of Sudan -- the young males orphaned during the Sudanese civil war -- very little has been documented about the girls. In 1999, the U.S. State Department allowed 4,000 young male refugees into the country, and just 89 young females. The book “Lost Girl Found” explains why. Denver’s Leah Bassoff is one of the co-authors of the book. She spoke with CPR’s Lesley McClurg.

Read an excerpt: Chapter One

That one there? We call her Nadai. Nadai’s voice is as pure as a batis bird’s when she sings. Though she is three years older than me, she lets me climb up with her in the mango tree.