They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky

They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky

The True Story of Three Lost Boys From Sudan

Book - 2005
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Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew.

All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages. Amid the chaos, screams, conflagration, and gunfire, five-year-old Benson and seven-year-old Benjamin fled into the dark night. Two years later, Alepho, age seven, was forced to do the same. Across the Southern Sudan, over the next five years, thousands of other boys did likewise, joining this stream of child refugees that became known as the Lost Boys. Their journey would take them over one thousand miles across a war-ravaged country, through landmine-sown paths, crocodile-infested waters, and grotesque extremes of hunger, thirst, and disease. The refugee camps they eventually filtered through offered little respite from the brutality they were fleeing.

In They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky , Alepho, Benson, and Benjamin, by turn, recount their experiences along this unthinkable journey. They vividly recall the family, friends, and tribal world they left far behind them and their desperate efforts to keep track of one another. This is a captivating memoir of Sudan and a powerful portrait of war as seen through the eyes of children. And it is, in the end, an inspiring and unforgettable tribute to the tenacity of even the youngest human spirits.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2005
ISBN: 9781586482695
Branch Call Number: 962.4043 DEN
Characteristics: xxxiii, 311 p. ; 22 cm


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Oct 03, 2016

A really interesting read about four boys stories.
Might make you cry a bit, but well worth the read.

Jun 05, 2014

A beautifully crafted account of the horrendous true story of three boys' (ages 5,7 and 9) journey of over 1,000 miles across war-torn Sudan, first to Ethiopia then Kenya, in search of refuge. Told in alternating chapters as remembrances of the three boys now in their 20s.

Jan 26, 2007

A movie is coming out about the plight of these refugees - funding thru Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Although it is not based on THIS particular book, it tells the story of these amazing boys and hopefully will help educate Americans on this dire situation.

May 24, 2006

All Americans should read this book to get an understanding of what is happening in Africa. This true story will amaze you. The plight of these boys to survive is beyond words.

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