The Power of the Human Spirit

Short notice, but a great event:
Benjamin Ajak, co-author of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky
Monday, June 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
Pinckney Center for the Performing Arts

This school year, some high school students read a book. It was They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky the true story of Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng and Benjamin Ajak. When just boys (all three were not yet eight years old), their villages were destroyed and they were torn from their families. They became three of thousands of “lost boys” whose “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.” More than half of these lost boys died. This book is the story of three who managed to survive.

The students from Denise Silfee’s COIC high school class were so deeply moved by the book that they decided to take some action. Specifically, they worked to bring one of the authors here to Bend, to share his story, raise awareness and hopefully inspire faith in the strength of the human spirit.

COCC is sponsoring the event which will be at 6:30, Monday, June 2nd at the Pinckney Auditorium here on campus. The library has ordered extra copies of the book, so come on in and pick one up if you want to read the story yourself. We also have some videos you can check out. For more background, check out some of these sites (all found at

Lost Boys of Sudan, official IRC website.
Lost Boys from the Red Cross.
Photojournalist’s Account – Images of Sudan’s displaced
God Grew Tired of Us – Excerpts from a documentary about the Lost Boys
Lost Boys Program Fresh Ministries’
Sudan Emancipation & Preservation Network (SEPNet)
Alliance For The Lost Boys
Sudanese Lost Boys Association of Australia
“Do Not Forget The Lost Girls of Sudan”, Refugees International, February 11, 2002.
Gabriel’s Dream A charity dedicated to securing education and dental care for the lost boys.
They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky Official book site
Hope for Ariang, “Lost Boy” Gabriel Bol Deng’s project to build a primary school in the Bhar El Ghazal region
Lost Boys of Sudan, documentary film


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