THEY POURED FIRE ON US FROM THE SKY THE TRUE STORY OF THREE LOST BOYS FROM SUDAN

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They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky

Author : Benjamin Ajak
ISBN : 9781610395991
Genre : History
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A stunning literary survival story of three young Sudanese boys, two brothers and a cousin—hailed 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 illnesses—dysentery, malaria, and yellow fever; how they dodged the life-threatening predators—lions, snakes, crocodiles and soldiers alike—that 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.
Category: History

They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky

Author : Benjamin Ajak
ISBN : 9781610395991
Genre : History
File Size : 59.50 MB
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A stunning literary survival story of three young Sudanese boys, two brothers and a cousin—hailed 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 illnesses—dysentery, malaria, and yellow fever; how they dodged the life-threatening predators—lions, snakes, crocodiles and soldiers alike—that 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.
Category: History

Running For My Life

Author : Lopez Lomong
ISBN : 9781595555151
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Offers the true story of a Sudanese boy who, through unyielding faith, overcame a wartorn nation to become an American citizen and an Olympic contender.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Lost Boy Lost Girl

Author : John Bul Dau
ISBN : 142630708X
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Chronicles the experiences of a husband and wife who as children fled the poverty and violence of southern Sudan, describing the devastating impact of famine and war on the region while sharing lighthearted memories of their efforts to adapt to American life.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

God Grew Tired Of Us

Author : John Bul Dau
ISBN : 1426201141
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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GOD GREW TIRED OF US is a book with passion, sadness, fear, perseverance, joy and humor written by John Dau, a member of the Dinka tribe of southern Sudan, who recounts his experiences as a refugee from the civil war that has been fought in his country since 1983 and resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese. Among the millions of refugees who sought refuge in neighboring countries were a group of about 20,000 children-most between the ages of 7 and 16, and many of them orphaned-who became separated from their families, and were forced to make their way, alone, across thousands of miles of treacherous landscape to a U.N. refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. Along the way, more than half would succumb to starvation, disease, and attack. Dau, a 12 year-old when the war broke out, led 1,200 children on the flight from Sudan, 60% of them between 4 and 9 years old. The book begins with John's life in Duk County, Sudan, before the war came in 1987. This early section will include an overview of Dinka culture and values. The Dinka center their lives on respect, consistency, hard work, and a commitment to Christianity. John then provides a very detailed account of how the northern "jellabahs" came to his village in 1987, "The Year of the Famine," and fired into it with automatic rifles, RPG's, and mortar shells. Separated from his family, John fled toward the east, seeking refuge from the fighting in Ethiopia. John stayed at Pinyudu, a camp in Ethiopia, for just over three years, until a coup d'etat brought a new government and forced John and the rest of the Sudanese Lost Boys back into Sudan. In Sudan, they moved from town to town, constantly heading south to avoid the advancing northern troops. The Lost Boys ultimately made it to a new refugee camp, Kakuma, in Kenya, and John ended up staying there for a decade, where he learned about America and studied to get his primary and secondary degrees. John flew to the United States in August 2001, and his impressions of America are stunning. As he walked through the first grocery store he ever saw, which he visited on his first full day in America, he pointed to things that stunned him. There was a whole counter full of beef, but how could that be, as there were no cattle grazing outside? There was a bag of leaves for sale - salad? - and what could that be for, feed for goats? And there was an entire aisle devoted to dog food. How could that be, when people are starving in Africa, Americans have an entire aisle in their food store just to feed their dogs? John talks about finding work, doing two jobs and sometimes three jobs at the same time, in order to send as much as he could back to Africa. His first month's deposit to his bank account totaled $1,010; he sent all but $10 back to Kakuma. He has created foundations to help the Lost Boys get college scholarships and to build a clinic in his homeland. In January 2006, he returned to his homeland to be reunited with his family, whom he found by an amazing coincidence after he came to America. John has devoted his life to hard work, respect, consistency, and the love of God. His story is an inspiration.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Long Walk To Water

Author : Linda Sue Park
ISBN : 0547532849
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Transformational Literacy

Author : Ron Berger
ISBN : 9781118962251
Genre : Education
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Engage, challenge, and inspire students with work that matters Transformational Literacy, written by a team from EL Education, helps teachers leverage the Common Core instructional shifts—building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction, reading for and writing with evidence, and regular practice with complex text—to engage students in work that matters. Worthy texts and worthy tasks help students see the connection between their hard work as readers and writers and their capacity to contribute to stronger communities and a better world. The stories, examples, and resources that permeate Transformational Literacy come primarily from the more than 150 EL Education schools around the country that support teachers to select, supplement, customize, and create curriculum, and improve instruction. The book also draws on EL Education's open source Common Core English Language Arts curriculum—often cited as one of the finest in the country—and professional development offered to thousands of teachers to implement that curriculum effectively. Transformational Literacy combines the best of what EL Education knows works for kids—purposeful, inquiry-based learning—and the new imperative of the Common Core—higher and deeper expectations for all students. Teach standards through a compelling and purposeful curriculum that prioritizes worthy texts and worthy task Improve students' evidence-based reading, thinking, talking, and writing Support students to develop a new mindset toward the challenge of reading complex texts Transformational Literacy introduces an approach to literacy instruction that will engage, challenge, and inspire student with work that matters.
Category: Education

Brothers In Hope

Author : Mary Williams
ISBN : 1584302321
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Sudanese Garang is eight when he returns to his village and finds that everything has been destroyed. Soon, Garang meets other boys whose villages have been attacked and they unite, walking hundreds of miles to safety - first in Ethiopia then in Kenya. The boys face numerous hardships along the way, but their faith and mutual support help keep the hope of finding a new home alive in their hearts. Based on heartbreaking yet inspirational true events, this is a story of remarkable and enduring courage, and an amazing testament to the unyielding power of the spirit.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

What Is The What

Author : Dave Eggers
ISBN : 9780307371379
Genre : Fiction
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What Is the What is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino’s travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback)–the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, What Is the What is heartbreaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Fiction

In The Shadow Of Freedom

Author : Tchicaya Missamou
ISBN : 1439149127
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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FROM POVERTY TO WEALTH, FROM AFRICA TO AMERICA, AND FROM CHILD SOLDIER TO U.S. MARINE Born into the Congolese wilderness, Tchicaya Missamou became a child soldier at age 11. As a horrific civil war loomed across his country, Tchicaya began using his militia connections to ferry jewels, cash, computers, and white diplomats out of the country. By 17, he was rich. By 18, he was a hunted man, his house destroyed, his family brutalized in front of him by his own militia. By 19, he’d left behind everything he’d ever known, escaping to Europe and, eventually, to America. Incredibly, that was only the start of his journey. In the Shadow of Freedom is the uplifting story of one man’s quest to achieve the American Dream. Tchicaya Missamou’s life is a shining example of why America is a gift that should not be taken for granted, and why we are limited only by the breadth of our imagination and the strength of our will.
Category: Biography & Autobiography