They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan
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Despite the emotional and physical tragedy that these boys went through, their resilience is inspiring. It adds perspective to my own life.
"We'd laugh and joke like that. We had to have humor. It is human nature. No matter ...more
One group of children would answer, "We are the Africans."
"We are the Asians."
"We are the Americans."
"We are the Australians."
"We are the Europeans."
"We are the Arabians."
"Forget those names. We are all the children of God." ...more
This is the story of three boys from Sudan who were displaced from their homes and their families by the forces of President Omar al Bashir (wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes).
Forced to flee to Southern Sudan (now the newest state of South Sudan, but also riven by civil war) where they were bombed and pursued by Sudanese government forces and also conscripted by S ...more
" The Dinka lifestyle centres on their cattle: the people's roles within the groups, their belief systems and the rituals they practice, all reflect this. " (Photo and text from the blog: Saharan Vibe)
The three boys take tur ...more
It's almost overwhelming for me to read this story about a part of East Africa after recently finishing a similarly horrific tale from West Africa, The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest. Reza Aslan cries foul when the media labels ...more
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One lesson that everyone can learn from reading this book i ...more
I am so proud of the human soul, that it has the capacity to rise out of the filth of bad treatment and say "look at me, I am worth something, I will try again".
I'm glad I read this even though it was hard.
It was not as graphic as it could have been. I was proud of the boys sweet innocence in descri ...more
Many of the reviews simply summarize the book and plight of the "Lost Boys of Sudan," as if the reviewers were too awestruck by the story to criticize its telling. Critics describe the narrative as "numbing," "surreal," "amazing," "harrowing," and "haunting." Details of scrambling for food, crossing crocodile-inhabited rivers, suffering injuries, and joining the rebel movement against their will abound. One would have enjoyed reading more about the boys' culture shock upon arriving in America; o...more
In considering another story of complex struggles in postcolonial Africa, Managing Editor Karna Converse points to the power of survivor tales: "News reports, even those written by Pulitzer prize-winning writers, can't tell the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (or the story of any group of people displaced from their homeland) as well as the individuals themselves. They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of ...more