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60 MINUTES [UPDATED]
Air Date: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Time Slot: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: "N/A"
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YEARS AFTER THEIR RESETTLEMENT IN THE U.S., MIRACLES CONTINUE TO HAPPEN FOR SOME OF THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN - "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY

Bob Simon Catches Up with Some of the Sudanese Refugees He First Met 12 Years Ago

When Bob Simon first met the Lost Boys, they were a miracle. Forced to flee on foot - some as young as 5 - they wandered across deserts and countries as they fled the civil war in Sudan that killed most of their families. Many died along the way from malnutrition, thirst, even from crocodiles at one point. That they survived to make it to a refugee camp in Kenya, where they met Simon, was a miracle. Getting resettled in the U.S. was another miracle none of them could ever have imagined on their years-long odyssey. And, for a few of them at least, the miracles continue, as Simon reports 12 years later for a 60 MINUTES story to be broadcast Sunday, March 31 (7:00-8:00PM, ET/PT).

The Lost Boys became part of the largest U.S. resettlement program ever undertaken by the State Department. Three thousand were settled across America in 2001, most becoming citizens. Abraham Yel Nhial was a preacher in the Kenyan refugee camp when Simon first interviewed him. He was resettled in Atlanta, where he eventually earned a degree in Biblical studies from Atlanta Christian College. "It's been a long journey, but God blessed me," he says. What came next could be called miraculous by someone who was once a preacher with little formal training in a refugee camp.

Since his resettlement and degree, Southern Sudan, from which he fled 25 years ago, has become an independent nation and the Anglican Church there needed him. Yel Nhial returned to his native country to be installed as the first Episcopal Bishop in his region. He now divides his time between the U.S. and Africa, where he has also married and fathered children, forming a family he would like to bring to the U.S.

Joseph Taban Rufino was settled in Kansas City. He considers himself a failure for never getting into a medical school in the U.S., a distant dream unfulfilled for a man who still reads medical texts. But a miracle occurred to him, too, that would ease his disappointment: The mother he assumed had died in the civil war he fled 25 years ago was in fact still alive. In a moving Skype session set up by his American mentors, Rufino had a tearful reunion with his mother 8,000 miles away, who also thought he had died, telling him she had held his funeral. Watch an excerpt.

America hasn't been a paradise for Rufino. He has had his share of setbacks, including getting hit by a car, job layoffs, being stabbed, having his driver's license stolen and there was a fire in his kitchen. But it's all part of a new life here he says he still appreciates. After all, as a Lost Boy, he's endured worse. "You know, things, things happen," he tells Simon.

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60 MINUTES (CBS)
Returns Sunday, September 21
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/24/68 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
47 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 47th) on 3/13/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2014) CBS, America's most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming. The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS's weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs. Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television's #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports program.
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