They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky Review
"They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky" by Alphonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjamin Ajak, Judy A. Bernstein was an outstanding book giving insight about three young Sudanese boys fighting for freedom. It shows how life was and continues to be hard in the warring these African states. Life over there is extremely difficult especially for the kids because they face violence every day. Refugees had to travel to the next “Safe-point”, which could be hundreds of miles away when warring clans attacked each other. When raiders attacked one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys” Benjamin's village he did just what his mother told him to do; run. He met two of his cousins in the forest because they escaped from their home too. Now they had the daunting task of making it to one of the refugee camps. There were many obstacles such as bombed out villages, hunger, deserts, minefields, and people that would take food from kids along on their journey. They had to survive Africa’s harsh environment, which has plenty of lions, poisonous snakes, and enemy soldiers. They traveled over a hundred miles to Ethiopia, back to Sudan and then to Kenya. They had to remember all of their good times they had to keep that will to live; they also had to make the journey for the friends that they made, and for the ones that they lost. These kids were not the only people that experienced this, but rather plenty of people experienced this during the ongoing Sudanese civil war. This book truly showed the horrors of this war, or any war for that matter and the amount of determination you must have just to survive. This war has displaced many Sudanese people throughout the country. Soldiers would destroy people and their homes and forcing many from the lands that they called home. They had nowhere to go or to run to, so they just ran to safety. That is the reason they are referred as “The Lost Boys.” This war is very horrific and has many casualties; many of which were...
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