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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As gunshots, flames, and screams engulfed their village, three cousins fled into the cover of the forest. Every step led the boys away from their peaceful, agrarian world--a traditional world were spear-toting fathers protected their huts from the lions that roamed by night. With each footstep they were drawn deeper into the horrific violence of Sudan's civil war: a world of bombed-out villages, mine-sown roads, and relentless desert, a world where starving adults would snatch the grain from a weak child's fingers. Across Sudan, between 1987 and 1989, tens of thousands of young boys took flight from these massacres. 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. This book is the three boys' account of that unimaginable journey.--From publisher description.Describes the life-threatening ordeals endured by the authors and tens of thousands of other children escaping African civil war in the late 1980s, including near-starvation, illnesses, and massacres.

Blackwell North Amer
Five-year-old Benjamin stood in the field, tending the goats, when the raiders arrived. Moments later, as gunshots, flames, and screams engulfed his village, Benjamin found himself running, as fast as his legs could carry him, into the cover of the forest. In a nearby village, his cousins, seven-year-old Alephonsion and Benson, were driven from their homes as well. Every step led the boys away from their peaceful, agrarian world - a traditional world were spear-toting fathers protected their huts from the lions that roamed by night. With each footstep they were drawn deeper into the horrific violence of Sudan's civil war: a world of bombed-out villages, mine-sown roads, and relentless desert, a world where starving adults would snatch the grain from a weak child's fingers.
Across Sudan, between 1987 and 1989, tens of thousands of young boys took flight from these massacres. 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 out of that unimaginable journey. With the candor and the purity of their child's-eye-vision, Alephonsion, Benjamin, and Benson recall by turns how they endured 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. How they grappled with a war that threatened continually to overwhelm them.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, [2005]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781586482695
1586482696
Branch Call Number: 962.404 Deng 2005
Characteristics: xxiii, 311 pages : 1 map ; 22 cm

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d10786694p
Oct 03, 2016

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

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Shihtzulover
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.

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Michonmcguire
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.

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Whitney_1
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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