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They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky
Transcript of They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky
Benson and Alepho recount stories of their encounters with Dinka traditions, like castration, and the pulling of the six bottom teeth.
Fighting between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) begins to move south, and eventually reaches Juol, forcing the kids to leave.
Benson and Benjamin walk for months with a group of thousands to Panyido, a Sudanese refugee camp in Ethiopia.
Alepho is split from his brother and cousins and walks south with another group to Palataka.
Benjamin is injured by a lion and flown to a hospital in Lokichoiko.
Panyido is attacked, and everyone is forced to flee across the river Gilo, where Benson meets his Aunt, who flies him south the Kapoeta to escape the fighting. Alepho escapes from Palataka, where he travels to meet up with his eldest brother and SPLA soldier Yier at Kidepo. He briefly meets with his brother Benson after five years, but the fight splits them apart and Benson goes to Lokupar.
Benson seeks refuge in a church in Lokupar, and he is reunited with Alepho and Benjamin when they are chosen to go with the SPLA to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
Instead of going to Kakuma, the SPLA stop the boys in Natinga, where they are forced to build a road to nowhere up a mountain, then trained to be SPLA soldiers for the front lines. One by one, everyone makes a daring escape out of Natinga.
In Kakuma, the lost boys adjust to life inside a fence in a country that they are not wanted in. The natives are extremely hostile, almost killing Alepho when he goes to get firewood.
After learning to hate Kakuma, the boys learn of the International Rescue Committee, devoted to relocating lost boys to the US. After much hard work and struggle, the boys are each accepted into the program and flown to San Diego, where they begin their new lives. No matter how long they are separated, families share a bond that helps them find their way back together.
People have an innate will to survive that can push them past many physical limitations.
In times of crisis, the true nature of individuals becomes apparent.
During a great conflict between two powers, it is the civilians caught in between that are hrt the most. (refer to prologue) Rules for Survival: You will split up into five teams of four. This team will be your "family". You will do everything to keep your family members alive while some will be handicapped. One person on your team is "wounded" therefore they will be forced to hop on one foot throughout your journey. Another person on your team is too exhausted from starvation and that person must be carried by his or her family throughout your journey. Pick those people now. Your family will travel together and stop at each mango you see scattered on your journey. Further instructions will be given once you reach the first mango! Good luck and stay alive! There will be a yummy prize at the end for the healthiest team! The Second Sudanese Civil War-
~Since the 1980's, Sudan has been consumed in civil war due to unrest regarding the Sudanese Central government and their outward expansion.
~The Civil War was ultimately fought between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army
~One effect of the fighting was the attack of Nuer and Dinka villages in southern Sudan. The attacks left many people dead and wounded while a few escaped. This was the origin of "The Lost Boys" of Sudan. The Lost Boys-
~Around 26, 000 boys as young as four years, were forced form their villages by the attacks of government troops.
~Why boys and not girls? Girls were more likely to stay in the home during the attacks. The girls, therefore, died or continued a life with their parents for the remainder of the war. The girls that were taken by the government troops were usually raped and/or enslaved.
~Following the attacks, the boys struggled, with little food or water, to reach refuge in Ethiopia. There they were given food, an education, and shelter by the UN. the conditions were by no means comfortable, but they were safe.
~In 1991 the communists overthrew the government and the boys in the camp were forced to leave immediately. During this hurry they were forced to cross the River Gilo. The trip across was deadly for many due to the attack of the opposing army. Thousands were lost to hungry crocodiles or gunshots.
~The Lost Boys walked again. This time to Kenya where only half made it. Some of them were, then, taken to the United States by American troops in 2001. On their Journey-
~ The boys walked thousands of miles total
~Many boys were split up from their families but since Sudanese culture exhibits polygamy, families were large and some boys were reunited with their brothers. This usually lightened the deadly trip they faced, but usually brothers were split up again.
~When the boys were forced from Ethiopia by the communists, their journey became more dangerous. They were now forced to fight for survival and watch out for bombs and attacking armies.
~Attacks by animals were common as well. Lions and crocodiles were hungry too!
In the end, only a few thousand boys (4,000) were taken to America and dispersed in cities. This effort was sponsored by UNICEF.