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Now Is the Time for Running by Michael  Williams
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Jul 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

From Apartheid to political differences and diamonds, the citizens of African countries struggle to survive every day. Although a work of fiction, Deo's story is based on a culmination of true events and people. Tragically heart breaking and pain stakingly healing, Deo's many losses and sacrifices lead him to a place of oblivion until a soccer ball unites the African continent.

Deo's journey begins in his little village while he plays a game of soccer, using the ball his grandfather made for him. When the soldiers arrive, violence erupts and hunger and thirst. Deo's journey leads him toward the South African border, where to cross, he must survive walking through a crocodile infested river, a robber filled border, then miles of a wild animal preserve.

I can not tell any of this story without giving spoilers but the book is based on true stories collected from people who made the journey. The author then continues with the poverty and despair of South Africa and the abuse the immigrants suffer. This is an excellent book but very difficult to digest.
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