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Connections: Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan


Salva Dut is the founder of Water for South Sudan. He's one of the 17,000 Lost Boys of Sudan who fled his village when war ravaged the country between 1983 and 2005. Dut walked thousands of miles from his home to Ethiopia, and then to Kenya, where he lived in refugee camps for years. In 1996, he came to the United States as a refugee, and realized how many Americans take food and water for granted. Back in Sudan, villagers must walk miles every day just to gain access to clean water.

Dut made it his mission to help improve conditions for people in South Sudan. In 2003, he formally established Water for South Sudan, a non-profit which drills wells for villages. Dut is in Rochester for several events at Monroe Community College, but first, he shares his story on Connections. In studio:

  • Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan
  • Lynn Malooly, executive director of Water for South Sudan


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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.