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Dozens of Sudanese 'Lost Boys' celebrate a special birthday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was quite the party at a Louisville church on Sunday as dozens of Sudanese “Lost Boys” celebrated their birthdays.

More than 30 refugees blew out candles and passed out cake at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Aleez Atem and her husband Majock are part of a group known as the "Lost Boys," who fled war-torn Sudan years ago to start new lives.

Atem fled to Australia in 2005 and moved to Louisville with her husband just four months ago.

“Because of the war in South Sudan, it was difficult for me because my mom was a single mother and with five kids was a lot to take in,” Atem said.

Since so many refugees only know the documented year they were born, the government assigned Jan. 1 is as their official birthday.

“We were born actually in the village," said Benjamin Lual with the Lost Boy Foundation. "We weren’t born in the town where we can have birth certificate. We don’t have birth certificate when we came to the United States."

This is the second year the church has hosted the party, but it was more than just a day of celebration. Hundreds of boxes were packed for Love the Hungry, a faith-based mission to feed people in malnourished parts of the world, including Sudan where many of the Lost Boys still have family.

“My generation now witnessing this is a great honor, but the generation coming after this, when they see this, they feel grateful, and they’ll have a chance to help more people back home,” Atem said.

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