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Jacob Magot was 5 or 6 years old when soldiers from the north attacked his African village. With no provisions, he walked, with thousands of other villagers, more than 200 miles to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. A few years later, civil war erupted in Ethiopia, and different soldiers drove a quarter of a million refugees back to Sudan. In The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience, Mark Bixler explains how Jacob and some 3,800 other child refugees wound up in the United States. Like most of the Lost Boys, Jacob may once have hoped to get an education, return to Sudan, and help to rebuild his country. But after 22 years, the civil war is still going strong—1.7 million more Sudanese have been made refugees by the recent genocide in the Darfur region. Magot will appear with Bixler when he speaks at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Janet Hopf)