By Patrice Tanaka, PadillaCRT
The World Bank is hosting a reception and screening of the film, “The Good Lie,” starring Reese Witherspoon, on April 1 at 5 p.m. at their headquarters in Washington, DC at 1818 H St. NW. The screening, part of the World Bank’s African Film Series, is intended to raise awareness of the Sudanese conflict and the FEED50K campaign through Humanity Helping Sudan Project (HHSP): http://www.
Ongoing famine in South Sudan in the wake of a violent civil war, following South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011, has resulted in thousands dying and approximately 1.1 million South Sudanese fleeing from their homes to refugee camps Nearly a quarter of a million child refugees are in danger of malnourishment with an estimated 50,000 children at-risk of dying from starvation before the end of 2015. The goal of the FEED50K campaign is to raise at least $50,000 — one dollar per fishing net — to go towards promoting sustainability and growth within the camps rather than simply solving immediate hunger.
Actors from the film will be in attendance at the reception and film screening, including Manyang Reath Khor, Ger Duany and Emmanueal Jal. The reception will run from 5 to 5:45 p.m. followed by the screening and will end with a Q&A panel discussion, involving actors and former child soldier, Ger Duany, from the film.
To donate to the FEED50K campaign, go to: http://www.
The Humanity Helping Sudan Project was founded by Manyang Reath and other Sudanese refugees. HHSP’s mission is to raise an immediate $50K to supply materials for fishing nets, to build more water filtration systems and to improve education. The monies raised will also fund a program for young orphaned children so they can be placed in family homes outside areas of conflict.
When Manyang Reath arrived in the U.S., in 2007, he was one of a handful of “Lost Boys” who made it into the country. Due to a fear of being enslaved in the U.S., which was instilled in them by their government, many refugees with opportunities to flee to America didn’t because they believed what freedom they had in the camps would be lost. Many also believed that any hopes of finding their families would diminish if they left the country. Of the 60 young refugee boys/men, only 28 took that leap of faith. Manyang was one of them. He attended high school and was accepted on full scholarship as a student at the University of Richmond. Through the assistance of the United Nations High Commission of Refugees, the Richmond Home For Boys and other such organizations nationwide, many Lost Boys remain in the U.S. They were rescued by Aid Workers, The American Red Cross, Armed Forces and organizations throughout the world.
Through education and new found lives, the rescued like Manyang Reath are working to support other refugees in the camps in the Gambala Region. Most have lost families or simply, can’t find them. The children have formed families amongst themselves. In 2012 and with the help from the Red Cross, Manyang, who was attending the University of Richmond, was happily reunited with his mother and sister whom he’d not seen since he was four. He is now 25. His family still resides in a camp. He’s hoping to see them for the second time this coming summer.
For further information about “The Good Lie” screening at The World Bank on April 1 or “The Good Lie” cocktail / dinner on March 31 in honor of Manyang Reath and fellow Sudanese Child Soldiers, hosted by Franco Nuschese, owner of Cafe Milano in Georgetown, contact: Deborah Tolkarz at 804.385.4700 or 202.774.6670.