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The Dinka believe the secret gift went to the people of the West. It helped them invent and explore and build and become strong. Meanwhile the Dinka never built factories or highways or cars or planes. They were content to be farmers and cattle raisers. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey lived happily for centuries. ~ John Dau,Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan

Welcome to Ubuntu Matters – a website born from a one-week seminar during the 2014 Louisiana State University Young Adult Literature Conference in Baton Rouge. The materials collected on this site are meant as a resource for teachers, researchers, and individuals who work with young people who relocate from refugee camps worldwide to communities in the United States. It is a space to ask Why refugees? Why young adult literature? Why relocation narratives? Why all of these together? The program for the workshop can be found here: Program_LSUCrandall

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