It doesn’t matter where you are from, there is so much spectacular when one learns about the willpower to survive when circumstances spell death.
For the survivor of the 2nd Sudanese Civil War, many lives were displaced to seek security in the Kenyan refugee camp. This was the life of author Yuot A. Alaak, and he is sharing his story of survival in the memoir FATHER OF THE LOST BOYS. It is his first hand account of what happened during the years of his life that could have easily been lost through violence and/or starvation.
During the Second Sudanese Civil war, thousands of South Sudanese boys were displaced from their villages or orphaned in attacks from northern government troops. Many became refugees in Ethiopia. There, in 1989, teacher and community leader Mecak Ajang Alaak assumed care of the Lost Boys in a bid to protect them from becoming child soldiers. So began a four year journey from Ethiopia to Sudan and on to the safety of a Kenyan refugee camp. Together they endured starvation, animal attacks and the horrors of land mines and aerial bombardments. This eyewitness account by Mecak Ajang Alaak’s son, Yuot, is the extraordinary true story of a man who never ceased to believe that the pen is mightier than the gun.
FATHER OF THE LOST BOYS will release on June 1, 2020.