Sharing the Magic

“I’ll never forget the man at the camp who spoke to us about the magic.”

Alepho Deng, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, shared his story and the lessons he learned from surviving the horrors of war as a child in Sudan with students at Palisades Charter High School  last Friday.

The ‘magic’ he spoke about was an education.

Photo by Rich Schmitt

Alepho was seven years old when he was forced to join tens of  thousands of other fleeing boys whose villages were attacked by government militias. The children escaped in the dead of night with no food, water, shoes or parents, travelling by foot more than a thousand miles across three countries.  After five years of walking, Alepho made it to a refugee camp in Kenya where he stayed for another nine years. He was one of 3,800 Lost Boys resettled to the United States in 2001. He and his brother and cousin chronicled their ordeal in the poignant account, They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan.    Continue reading