Courageous Journey: Walking the Lost Boys Path from the Sudan to America

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This compelling, human story is coupled with timely issues facing the world: the crisis in Darfur, control of limited oil reserves, terrorism by radical Islamic groups. Told through the experiences of two boys, Ayuel Leek and Beny Ngor Chad, the book traces the journey of thousands of displaced children who walked for months across barren land, menaced by starvation, disease, wild animals, and gunfire. Author Barbara Youree, in collaboration with Leek and Chad, follows them through their years in refugee camps ...

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Overview

This compelling, human story is coupled with timely issues facing the world: the crisis in Darfur, control of limited oil reserves, terrorism by radical Islamic groups. Told through the experiences of two boys, Ayuel Leek and Beny Ngor Chad, the book traces the journey of thousands of displaced children who walked for months across barren land, menaced by starvation, disease, wild animals, and gunfire. Author Barbara Youree, in collaboration with Leek and Chad, follows them through their years in refugee camps and their journey to the United States, where the author mentors them in college as they follow the American dream and pursue their goal of helping other Sudanese. Two million Sudanese have been killed and thousands more tortured, displaced, or sold into slavery. This is their story.

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Deng and Beny Ngor Chol, in collaboration with novelist Barbara Youree, relay their experiences as Sudanese refugees. The brief, well-paced chapters are detailed enough to help readers understand the political reasons they became refugees in Ethiopia and then Kenya. Deng, on whom the story primarily focuses, was seven when he was separated from his family and 20 when he left a refugee camp in Kenya for Kansas City, MO. Filled with action, suspense, and even romance, the book follows Deng as he is threatened by crocodiles and shot at; recounts Deng and Chol meeting fellow tribe members, relatives, and friends throughout their journeys and finding out who has survived; and portrays both Deng and Chol finding mates and falling in love in the refugee camps. In the last chapter, Youree sums up what happened to Deng, Chol, and others, although it would have been better from Deng's perspective, as readers will have developed great sympathy for him. Although maps of Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya are included, maps of the journeys that Deng took from Sudan to Ethiopia to Kenya would have been of more interest. This would make a good reading group selection. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-Tonya Briggs, Oberlin Coll. Lib., OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882823348
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Grief and Joy 1

Ch. 2 Small Talk, Brutal Events 7

Ch. 3 Fleeing Terror 15

Ch. 4 Fear Lurks 25

Ch. 5 Lake of Death 35

Ch. 6 Inching Forward 43

Ch. 7 Grief and Welcomes 55

Ch. 8 Hunger's Lessons 65

Ch. 9 Finding a Brother, Making a New Friend 75

Ch. 10 Vivid Memories 85

Ch. 11 "Seeds of the New Sudan" 97

Ch. 12 A Brewing Storm 107

Ch. 13 War and Peace 117

Ch. 14 Crossing the Gilo River 127

Ch. 15 Starvation 137

Ch. 16 Goodbyes 149

Ch. 17 Blood, Smoke and Earth 157

Ch. 18 "How Are We to Live?" 167

Ch. 19 Forming New Ties 175

Ch. 20 Families Lost and Found 185

Ch. 21 Osama bin Laden 195

Ch. 22 Vying for a Lost Love 205

Ch. 23 Healing Emotional Scars 215

Ch. 24 Rays of Hope 225

Ch. 25 Thirsty for Knowledge 235

Ch. 26 Knock and it Shall Open 245

Ch. 27 Painful Farewells 253

Ch. 28 U.S.A.: Dreaming and Reality 265

Ch. 29 A Romantic Call 275

Ch. 30 Striving Forward 285

Ch. 31 American Life, Sudanese Dreams 297

English/Dinka Translations 313

Acclaim for Courageous Journey 319

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