This book is a memoir of three of the Lost Boys of Sudan; Benson Deng, Alepho Deng, and Benjamin Ajak. Benson and Alepho are brothers, and Benjamin is their cousin. They were between the ages of 5 & 7 when war in Sudan hit their area and they were forced to travel for months to Ethiopia and Kenya, living in exile as refugees before finally getting their chance to come to America via the Lost Boys program – they were also extrememly lucky because they arrived in the U.S. right before 9/11, and the program was suspended for several years after that.
The things those poor boys had to endure at such a young age is unbelievable. Even after reading it, it’s hard to comprehend. I tried to imagine kids that age that I know going in the same situation and I just can’t imagine it. It definitely had me tearing up at times. Benson and Alepho spent years apart before finding each other again. And they also talk about how Kenyans criticized them and insulted them for being refugees, giving them a strong desire to work hard and make a life for themselves.
I learned a lot about Sudan reading this, and the website is worth looking at too – http://theypouredfire.com/. My only complaint is that I sometimes mixed up who I was reading about, because the chapters alternate so often. I sometimes had to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to remind myself who I was reading about. I definitely want to read more about the conflicts in Sudan, thanks to this book sparking my interest.
Sarah Says: 3.75 stars