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

They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan Author Benjamin Ajak
ISBN-10 1610395980
ISBN-13 9781610395984
Year 2015-08-11
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher PublicAffairs
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Christopher Award WinnerLos Angeles Times BestsellerWashington Post Top 100 Books of the Year SelectionA stunning literary survival story of three young Sudanese boys two brothers and a cousinhailed by the Los Angeles Times as a moving beautifully written account by turns warm and tender 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 illnessesdysentery malaria and yellow fever how they dodged the life threatening predatorslions snakes crocodiles and soldiers alikethat 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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