By STAFF WRITER JUNE 14, 2015
The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) together with the Arlington Public Library, is hosting a special film screening and panel discussion on June 20, 2015 to mark this year’s World Refugee Day.
The program — free and open to the public — will feature the stories of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, a name given to the groups of over tens of thousands of Sudanese boys who were displaced and or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War.
According to event organizers, panelists include two members from “Lost Boys of Sudan” who will share their personal experiences on refugee resettlement in the US.
The 2014 drama film to be screened on the event, The Good Lie, is also about four young Sudanese refugees — some of the Lost Boys of Sudan — who are helped by an American woman (starred by Reese Witherspoon), after they win a lottery for relocation to the United States.
“There are more than 50 million refugees around the world, half of which are women and children,” says the agency in its press statement. “As a refugee resettlement agency, ECDC through its network of three branch offices and 13 affiliate agencies across the U.S., helps newcomers to the U.S. to integrate quickly into their communities and become self-sufficient.”
Established in 1983, ECDC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide initial placement and support services to refugees being resettled in the United States.
With a special focus on African refugees, the agency also promotes cultural, educational and socio-economic development programs to assist refugees and immigrants in becoming productive members of their new homeland by strengthening their capacity and creating support systems to help them succeed.