In 2001 James Biar (Lost Boy of Sudan) and approximately 60 other Lost Boys of Sudan were relocated to Colorado.
They were among 3,600 to 4,000 Lost Boys relocated to America after being driven from their homeland due to Civil War in their country. It was the largest resettlement of its kind in America.
Most lost their parents and many siblings during the war and overcame incredible obstacles including gunfire, wild animals, disease, starvation and more in order to survive. In their 1,000+ mile trek through dangerous country without food, clothes, or water, less than one-third of these Lost Boys (aged four to 11) survived to make it to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. After 10 years in the refugee camp, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) began a relocation effort to bring them to the U.S.
“Mama Jean” (Wood), as she is known to Lost Boys here in Colorado, and RE/MAX of Boulder administrative assistant, started an organization, Colorado Friends of the Lost Boys (CFLBS), to help these now “Found Men”. Jean Wood has now become Grandma to their children. Life here in America has not been easy for any of them, and never in their wildest dreams did any of them think they would own a house.
Thanks to Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, owning a home has become a reality to James Biar, his wife Rachel and their four children. For most of these Lost Boys/Found Men, getting an education and providing a good life for their own children is now their utmost priority.
-By Jean Wood