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They poured fire on us from the sky: the true story of three lost boys from Sudan

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Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew.

All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages. Amid the chaos, screams, conflagration, and gunfire, five-year-old Benson and seven-year-old Benjamin fled into the dark night. Two years later, Alepho, age seven, was forced to do the same. Across the Southern Sudan, over the next five years, thousands of other boys did likewise, joining this stream of child refugees that became known as the Lost Boys. Their journey would take them over one thousand miles across a war-ravaged country, through landmine-sown paths, crocodile-infested waters, and grotesque extremes of hunger, thirst, and disease. The refugee camps they eventually filtered through offered little respite from the brutality they were fleeing.

In They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky , Alepho, Benson, and Benjamin, by turn, recount their experiences along this unthinkable journey. They vividly recall the family, friends, and tribal world they left far behind them and their desperate efforts to keep track of one another. This is a captivating memoir of Sudan and a powerful portrait of war as seen through the eyes of children. And it is, in the end, an inspiring and unforgettable tribute to the tenacity of even the youngest human spirits.

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Grouping Titlethey poured fire on us from the sky the true story of three lost boys from sudan
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Bernstein, Judy.
Deng, Alephonsion.
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display_descriptionAn account of three boys, the Deng brothers and their cousin Benjamin, raised by Sudan's Dinka tribe and were all under the age of seven when they were driven from their homes by terrifying attacks on their villages. Their journey led them first to Ethiopia and then, driven back into Sudan, toward Kenya and then relocated to the U.S. from Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp as part of an international refugee relief program.
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ils:.b43531593BookBooksEnglishPublic Affairs, 2005.311 pages ; 22 cm.
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Sudan -- History -- Civil War, 1983-2005
title_displayThey poured fire on us from the sky : the true story of three lost boys from Sudan
title_fullThey poured fire on us from the sky : the true story of three lost boys from Sudan / Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak ; with Judy Bernstein
title_shortThey poured fire on us from the sky
title_subthe true story of three lost boys from Sudan
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