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A People Tall and Smooth: Stories of Escape from Sudan to Israel

A People Tall and Smooth: Stories of Escape from Sudan to Israel


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The popular beach town of Eilat, at the southernmost tip of Israel, is visited daily by international tourists seeking to enjoy the warm waters of the Red Sea. But when hundreds of tall, dark Africans show up to stay, curiosities are piqued. Where did they come from? Why are they in Eilat of all places? When a group of them enter the Shelter Hostel run by John and Judy Pex, the people and their stories gradually become known.

These are the very real stories of how and why five refugee escaped from genocide in south Sudan and Darfur, made their way through Egypt and smuggled into Israel, the only country their Islamic government prohibited them from entering. In desperation they fled across the border anyway, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. No food. No money. No papers. No possessions. Just thankful to be alive.

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ISBN-13: 9780981892931
Publisher: CLADACH Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Map 8

Introduction: Who are They and Why Have They Come? 11

1 Gabriel 16

Into the Promised Land 16

Fun Day 21

A Family of Paramount Chiefs 26

Running 33

Dinka Rituals 40

God Knows our Suffering 43

Bullets Like Rain 52

Who Can See Me? 59

The Fugitive 67

One Day You Will Be Free 73

Back to School 79

Nairobi, Khartoum and Cairo 83

Epilog 88

2 Muna Maria 91

Abducted 91

A Miraculous Reunion 98

Into and Out of Egypt 104

New Land, New Life 111

Epilog 116

3 Yien 119

Out Culture is Good 119

No One Will Know When We Kill You 125

Prayer Requests and Answers 142

Musings in Israel 148

Epilog 151

4 Rose 153

I Don't Understand War 153

From Now on You'll Work for Us 160

Sacrifice on the Border 167

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Ful, Ful, Ful 170

Epilog 178

5 Muna from Darfur 182

Sunny Days in Darfur 182

That Black Day 186

Tea and Torture in Khartoum 190

Next Destination-Saudi Arabia or Israel 197

Everyone is Nice 201

Epilog 203

6 Conclusion: I Would Not Have Believed Them 208

Glossary 216

Resources for Further Reading 218

Acknowledgments 219

About the Author 220

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