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They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan

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ISBN13: 9781586483883
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Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew.

All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages. Amid the chaos, screams, conflagration, and gunfire, five-year-old Benson and seven-year-old Benjamin fled into the dark night. Two years later, Alepho, age seven, was forced to do the same. Across the Southern Sudan, over the next five years, thousands of other boys did likewise, joining this stream of child refugees that became known as the Lost Boys. Their journey would take them over one thousand miles across a war-ravaged country, through landmine-sown paths, crocodile-infested waters, and grotesque extremes of hunger, thirst, and disease. The refugee camps they eventually filtered through offered little respite from the brutality they were fleeing.

In They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, Alepho, Benson, and Benjamin, by turn, recount their experiences along this unthinkable journey. They vividly recall the family, friends, and tribal world they left far behind them and their desperate efforts to keep track of one another. This is a captivating memoir of Sudan and a powerful portrait of war as seen through the eyes of children. And it is, in the end, an inspiring and unforgettable tribute to the tenacity of even the youngest human spirits.

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They were all under the age of seven when they were driven from a war-ravaged country. In this deceptively understated memoir, three boys recall in their own words their harrowing journey to safety.

About the Author

Alephonsion and Benson Deng, and their cousin Benjamin Ajak were relocated from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to the United States as part of an international refugee relief program. They arrived in 2001. Now all in their mid-twenties, Benjamin, Benson, and Alephonsion live in San Diego, California.

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themummy85, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by themummy85)
A moving account of three very young heroes walking great distances to survive a terribly chaotic war in Sudan. I undertand the sad plight of the Sudanese much better now.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781586483883
Author:
Deng, Benson
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Author:
Deng, Alephonsian
Author:
Deng, Alphonsion
Author:
Bernstein, Judy
Author:
Ajak, Benjamin
Author:
Deng, Alephonsion
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Africa, north
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Sudan - History - Civil War, 1983-2005 -
Subject:
Refugees -- Sudan.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13 oz

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