Benson Deng

Benson Deng

Benson Deng is a Sudanese writer and one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He is best known as the co-author of the book "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan."

The story begins when Benson was seven years old. Sudanese National Islamic militants attacked his village and he fled with his two five-year-old cousins. Wearing only his underwear he travelled a thousand miles across Sudan to Ethiopia on foot. In Ethiopia, he learned the English alphabet by writing with his finger in the sand. Five years later he reached Kenya and began his education again, but he was soon struck with a serious skin illness. This disease, called River Blindness, made it impossible for him to sit and attend class. So for five years he taught himself English. Lying on his stomach in his hut, he would copy essentials of grammar and vocabulary into his hand-written composition book.

Deng arrived to America on August 9, 2001 and began work at a grocery store. Today he runs the computer digital photography system at Waste Management Corporation in El Cajon, California.

Once in America, his brother and cousin began writing about their experiences. Joni Evans, VP of William Morris, sold their book to Public Affairs. Released on June 13, 2005, it was entitled: "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan."

External links

* [http://www.TheyPouredFire.com Book Website]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Alephonsion Deng — (c. 1982 ) is a Sudanese writer. He is best known as the co author of the book , along with his brother Benson, cousin Benjamin and American author Judy Bernstein. In 1989, when Alephonsion was seven years old, his village in Southern Sudan was… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Sudan-related topics — This is a list of topics related to Sudan. Those interested in the subject can monitor changes to the pages by clicking on Related changes in the sidebar.udan* SudanBuildings and structures in SudanArchaeological sites in Sudan* H.U.N.E. * Nubian …   Wikipedia

  • Dinka — ethnic group group=Dinka image caption=Dinka supermodel Alek Wek poptime= Approximately 1,000,000 popplace=flagcountry|Sudan rels=Christianity, Islam langs=Dinka related=Nilotic peoples, Bantu peoples The Dinka are a group of tribes of south… …   Wikipedia

  • Dinka people — This article is about the ethnic group. For the language, see Dinka language. For the Hungarian wine grape, see Dinka (grape). Dinka …   Wikipedia

  • Lost Boys of Sudan — This is about the International Rescue Committee program. For other uses see Lost Boys The Lost Boys of Sudan are more than 27,000 boys who were displaced and/or orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983 2005, about 2 million killed).… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste de zoologistes — Attention, il n est pas d usage en zoologie d utiliser d abréviation pour les noms des auteurs (contrairement aux usages de la botanique, voir ici). Cette liste ne constitue pas une liste officielle. Nous attirons l attention du lecteur sur son… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong — The transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People s Republic of China, often referred to as the Handover, occurred on July 1, 1997. The event marked the end of British rule, and the transfer of sovereignty of Hong… …   Wikipedia

  • Harry S. Truman — This article is about the United States president. For other uses of the name, see Harry Truman (disambiguation). Harry Truman 33rd President of the United States …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Nixon — Nixon redirects here. For other uses, see Nixon (disambiguation). For other people named Nixon, see Nixon (surname). Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States In offi …   Wikipedia

  • Liste der Biografien/Che–Chi — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”