Alphonsion Deng, Benson Deng, and Benjamin Ajak are three of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Judy A. Bernstein is a woman they met up with once they came to the United States of America. Between the four of them, they put together a book about the amazing lengths these boys went to just to survive (and escape) the civil war in Sudan.
When these boys were less than 7 years old, their villages were attacked. In order to survive, they had to literally walk away from everything and everyone they ever knew and trek across the African wilderness — often with no food or water. War followed them wherever they went, and wild animals, like lions and crocodiles, were a constant threat. Many boys died or were killed, and the boys who were fortunate enough to live through the ordeal are probably traumatized for life.
If you are quick to complain about the things that go wrong in your life, this book may help put things into better perspective. It’s also a great eye-opener for those who do not know about this often under-reported war. For more information on the Lost Boys of Sudan, check out these websites:
Or check out the award-winning documentary http://www.lostboysfilm.com/.