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


 

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  Benson Athiin Deng

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"Our village was attacked by Islamic extremists when I was seven years old. We fled a thousand miles across Sudan to Ethiopia on foot. The traveling was always by night and I hated this very much because we were not allowed to sleep and when I stepped on unidentified things in the dark like thorns, twigs and sharps tones, my feet were sore all the time. But I was not the only one, about twenty-five boys my age shared the same hardships. This stopped me from any complaints or crying. I was not wearing any shirt or jacket, just only my underwear all the way to Ethiopia"

I learned English by writing the alphabet with a stick in the sand in Ethiopia. Five years later when I reached safety in Kenya I began my education again, but was soon struck with a serious illness, River Blindness. For five years that disease that made it impossible for me to sit and attend class so I taught myself English by lying on my stomach in my hut and copying the essentials of grammar and vocabulary into a composition book.

Since my arrival in America in August 2001, I worked at Ralphs Grocery Store in Hillcrest until the strike in November of 2003. Now I run the computer and digital photography system at Waste Management in El Cajon.

When I arrived in America my brother and cousin and I began writing about our experiences. Our literary agent, Joni Evans, VP of William Morris, sold our book to Public Affairs. It is entitled "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan" and was released June 13th, 2005. We hope that the book will allow us to further our education and help our family back home who are still suffering.

  

 Benson Deng: A "Lost Boy" of Sudan Looks Back
 Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts 2007

Composed and pleasant, the lanky young man at the podium did not seem to be someone who could have witnessed incredible atrocities in his early life. But as he detailed in the book that he co-authored, They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: the True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan, Benson Deng is a survivor of genocide - one of 27,000 young boys who fled Sudan in 1987. As part of an all-school summer reading assignment, Middlesex freshmen and sophomores read his extraordinary account and were primed to welcome him when he visited Middlesex with another of his co-authors, Judy Bernstein, on October 9, 2007.   continue reading


Copyright 2005 Public Affairs Books.

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