By: Nakya Mesa-Diaz
“They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky” is based on a biography of three young boys who lived in Sudan. This book isn’t like any other, two brother and a cousin, write about their experience and emotions during the massacre of the Muslim government towards the SPLA, Sudan People’s Liberation Army, and the tribal citizens.
These three boys are Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, and Benjamin Ajak .
They travel to great lengths to arrive at a stable place where safety and education is guaranteed. On their journey they encounter many obstacles such as disease, hunger, wild animals, land mines, and thirst.
This was the first time I read a biography book by choice; I’m not a big fan of this kind of gene until I came a pond this book. As I walked through the aisles this book caught my eye instantly. Reading their story made me realize how fortunate and blessed I am to live in the United States.
Their courage and bravery never ran out no matter how many challenges they faced, from walking through the biggest deserts to seeing the horrible massacres of their loved ones. This book bought many mixed emotions as their situation changed from time to time. Disgust, sadness, joy, frustration, and fear overcame me.
At such a young age they’ve experienced what some people haven’t in their life time. They Poured Fire On Us From the Sky takes you to a very important part in history where you are able to experience what these innocent and confused children went through.
“Reading was very difficult because when you read there was a certain cloud because of hunger.”(276, Benjamin)
This quote shows their interest, dedication, and sacrifice they made even with an empty stomach. Seeing the ignorance towards education from kids who were born and raised in the United States is unbearable. Reading, Alepho’s and Benjamin’s experience of the struggles in self-teaching and making a living on their own was eye opening.
“You had to choose between education and food.” (276, Benjamin)
This decision sounds easy to us living in this country where every single object is easy to access. Unlike the children in Africa this decision can shape their whole lives. Most fall into the temptation of the delicious taste of food, for this reason most kids don’t have the opportunity to fly into the United States for a better education.