Between 1987 and 1989, Alepho, Benjamin, and Benson, like tens of thousands of young boys, took flight from the massacres of Sudan's civil war. They became known as the Lost Boys. With little more than the clothes on their backs, sometimes not even that, they streamed out over Sudan in search of refuge. 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.
They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky is the three boys' account of that unimaginable journey. With the candor and the purity of their child's-eye-vision, Alephonsian, Benjamin, and Benson recall by turns: how they endured the hunger and strength-sapping illnesses-dysentery, malaria, and yellow fever; how they dodged the life-threatening predators-lions, snakes, crocodiles and soldiers alike-that dogged their footsteps; and how they grappled with a war that threatened continually to overwhelm them. Their story is a lyrical, captivating, timeless portrait of a childhood hurled into wartime and how they had the good fortune and belief in themselves to survive.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
An Introduction to the Lost Boys xiii
Part 1 The Village of Juol 1
Part 2 Like Ants Spewing from the Nest 55
Part 3 Lost Boys 225
Part 4 Preparing for America 287
Afterword to the 10th Anniversary Edition, Alephonsian Deng 313
Reading Guide 319
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rivoting way to learn about the atrocities taking place in Sudan. 'They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky' is told in the unique voice of three young men who overcame and survived obstacles we can hardly imagine. Very inspirational to see how people can go through so much and still retain their dignity. Once you start the book you will not be able to put it down.