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


    

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  Reed Williams, Librarian - Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh
Several teachers at the Middle School and many students said yours was the best assembly they've ever attended. One student said meeting Benjamin made it the best day of his life. The Senior School response was the same. Some classes couldn't hold their regular class after the students had visited with Benjamin because that's all they wanted to talk about. Michele said her last period class asked her to just recap everything you both had said during the
previous class. Anyway, a moving experience for our whole community. I know our students will follow up with action regarding current horrors in Sudan.

  

  Jennifer Vroom, Teacher, Campbell Hall
It was amazing! We had 75-80 people attend - a nice mix of students, faculty, parents, and even friends of parents. I received amazing feedback from parents of kids who went...one mother told me that her 17-year-old son came home and cried as he told her about the documentary and Alepho's speech. He'd always been pretty "anti-immigrant" but felt awful seeing what happened to these kids. She said their conversation was one of the best they've had in ages.

  

  Emma Brown

I just wanted to tell you that I have never been more moved by someone in my entire life like I was moved by Alephonsion. His story, courage and belief in life and dreams opened my eyes in a way that I had no idea was possible. I have lived in many countries including Japan, Mexico and Argentina, and I have also visited many countries in my life so far, and I had always thought myself a cultured person who understood the plight of people. I now see that perhaps my eyes may not have been completely open, it may because I didn't want them to be or because I was still too young to understand what I was seeing.

I have heard many people say that peace will never be possible due to human nature, that we were all born with this innate desire to kill and conquer to survive. After last night I realize how wrong that is. We were all meant to help each other in times of trouble to get past the troubles.
The wars that are going on all over the world sadden me now more than ever.

Last night I wanted to cry, not for myself, but for everyone and I know that may sound cheesy or cliche but it's the truth. I got back to my room last night and looked up the IRC website to see how I could help. I Have never felt this way before, with this overwhelming desire to help. When
you told him that we were financing his trip to see his mother, the look on his face was one of the most beautiful and sincere looks I have ever seen and now I realize that I want to help give people that look, even if it is only one person in my life I want to help give that look to someone.

I know this is a lengthy email but it does have a purpose. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for starting this program so that I could be a part of it. Thank you for getting Alephonsion to speak to us, because I would have perhaps turned into a cynic about life and human nature due to all the war and suffering. Thank you for letting me see that there are people who have overcome inconquerable odds and still have a great sense of humor and a great outlook on life. Thank you for so many more things that were revealed to me last night, I don't know how I will ever repay my gratitude but I thought that you should know how much last night was
important to me.

Thank you once again, Emma Brown

  

  Michelle K. Reid
I wanted to extend a personal thank you for coming to speak at our University of Dreams seminar last week with Alephonsion Deng. Participating in the University of Dreams this summer has been quite an experience in itself, but I will truly remember the story you and Alepho shared with us. We were all extremely touched and honored. I am currently interning with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where I help coordinate the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions. I enjoy what I do because I dream of one day having a career where I can help people and make a difference in their lives. The reward of knowing that I have helped even just one person is invaluable, and certainly a reason to wake up in the morning and go to work. All too often young adults like myself graduate from college and settle for jobs that they do not have a passion for or enjoy doing. I am fighting to avoid being one of those people. When I saw Alepho speak, I felt as though I had found my calling. My heart was racing. I want to become part of the International Rescue Committee, or perhaps an organization closely affiliated with it so that I can help people just like Alephonsion. I recently graduated from the University of Delaware, and I am hoping to stay in the Los Angeles area after the conclusion of the University of Dreams program. I noticed on the IRC website there were a couple open positions in Los Angeles, which is truly exciting. I plan on applying online, but I also wanted to see if you have any other suggestions. Once again, thank you for spending time with us and sharing your stories.

Sincerely,
Michelle K. Reid



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