Thank you to Author & Guest Speaker Alephonsion Deng for speaking to some of our students Monday, December 2. His personal story, featured in his novel They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: the True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan, spoke to our students hearts about perseverance, triumph and hope.
In 1987, when Alephonsion was seven years old, his village in Southern Sudan was attacked by his own government troops. To avoid capture he ran into the night with many other young boys. Without food, water, shoes or parents, he crossed a 1000 miles of lion and crocodile infested territory. After five years of fleeing war, starvation and wild animals, he reached Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and began his education.
In 2001 the U.S. Government welcomed Alephonsion as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. His first job was at Ralph’s Grocery Store where he worked for nine months. An opportunity came up to be in a Russell Crowe movie and he spent six months on the Fox Studios set in Rosarito Mexico where he learned to sail a tall ship, fire a cannon and sword fight. In 2006 he had the lead role in the play Since Africa in San Diego for three weeks of sold out performances and won the Patte award for theatre excellence for his performance.
His memoir, written with his brother, Benson, and cousin, Benjamin, entitled, “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky.” www.TheyPouredFireBooks.com has won many awards including the Christopher Award.
Alephonsion has spoken to hundreds of universities, clubs and organizations to bring awareness to the world about what is going on in his country by sharing his extraordinary story of survival. His production Across Worlds: A Tale of Two Lives of Adventure premiered July 19, 2013.
PHOTO: Mr. Deng is shown with his history teacher Ty Watkins and co-author/mentor Judy Bernstein