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They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from… (2005)

by Benjamin Ajak

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    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: This collection of essays provides a vision of war in Sudan from the perspective of three young boys.
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    Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway (kelleykl)
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In 1987, Alephonsion and Benson Deng, along with their cousin Benjamin -- not one of them older than seven -- fled with thousands of other children during attacks on their rural villages in southern Sudan, walking hundreds of miles over many months to escape the conflict, which followed close in their footsteps. With only a handful of grown adults to guide and encourage them, the boys were compelled to forage for their own food and build their own shelters, all the while at the mercy of the hot, arid environment and hazards of local wildlife. Shunted from refugee camp to refugee camp, they ultimately saw many of their brethren succumb to starvation, disease or violence, before finally -- after fourteen years in refugee camps -- Alepho, Benson and Benjamin were approved to enter the U.S. in hopes of rebuilding their lives and healing themselves.

The plight of refugees, fragile lives stuck in impossible, unrelenting limbo, are described in frank and painful detail. There could not be a more timely or heartbreaking read for 2017. ( )
  ryner | Feb 10, 2017 |
Common reading on our campus this year. A tragic tale. Similar to What is the What by Dave Eggers, which I enjoyed but similarly horrified me. Young boys escape violence in their South Sudanese village by fleeing to Kenya and other refugee camps, mostly unaccompanied and mostly on foot. ( )
  mojomomma | Jul 11, 2014 |
Republic of South Sudan.

The interwoven tales of three of Sudan's Lost Boys provide a devastatingly personal look at the Second Sudanese Civil War. One of the audiobook readers was so garbled that I turned to the print edition instead. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
Three Sudanese boys fresh from the Kenya Refugee camp write about their trails and travels. Very poignant and touching, they take you on a journey. One where you would never expect to survive and yet they did. ( )
  Ellens_ESO | Apr 29, 2012 |
True stories of 3 Sudanese youths (two brothers and a cousin) who traveled hundreds of miles after guerrilla forces destroyed their native village. They tell in numbing detail of starvation, thirst, torture, and persecution. The first-person, non-native English voices bring a freshness and honesty, especially Benson's narratives. ( )
  mjspear | Mar 16, 2011 |
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When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled. --African Proverb
The name Lost Boys came to be when our village was attacked by fierce Arab horsemen. We, little boys, spewed out of the blazing village like a colony of ants distrubed in their nest. We ran in different directions not knowing where we are going. We gathered some fruits for our breakfast and lunch. We, little boys, were so messy, all chaos and cries filling the dark, fiercely lightless night.
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Dedicated to Monyde and all of the children throughout time who've been caught up in adult wars
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Since my wandering began, there hasn't been a day or night that I do not think back to my family, our people and lovely Dinkaland.
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As gunshots, flames, and screams engulfed their village, three cousins fled into the cover of the forest. Every step led the boys away from their peaceful, agrarian world--a traditional world were spear-toting fathers protected their huts from the lions that roamed by night. With each footstep they were drawn deeper into the horrific violence of Sudan's civil war: a world of bombed-out villages, mine-sown roads, and relentless desert, a world where starving adults would snatch the grain from a weak child's fingers. Across Sudan, between 1987 and 1989, tens of thousands of young boys took flight from these massacres. Their journey led them first to Ethiopia and then, driven back into Sudan, toward Kenya. They walked nearly one thousand miles, sustained only by the sheer will to live. This book is the three boys' account of that unimaginable journey.--From publisher description.… (more)

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