Email judyabernstein@aol.com for more details if you would like to have one of the authors speak at your school or event function.
                     





                                            
 
    Welcome to the official site for the book:
        They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky:
                 The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan


    

- Book Reviews
- Book Awards
- Thong Jieng Music 
- Acting Resume

They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky is a true book about Sudan,
  and a powerful portrait of war, as seen through the eyes of three
  children: Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, and Benjamin
  Ajak, all of whom currently reside in San Diego, California
.

  

Discount tickets and more information available now at:

carlsbadvillagetheatre.com

All proceeds to support the work of The Across Worlds Project andthe San Diego South Sudanese Youth Center

  


'THE GOOD LIE' is an upcoming movie starring Reese Witherspoon inspired by the true stories of the Sudanese Lost Boys from the Kakuma Refugee Camp and the new lives they begin once they emigrate to the United States. Filming will begin in March 2013.

read more...
   
Excerpts from our book have been translated into Japanese and published at www.Happano.org The link is: http://happano.org/birdsong/html/index.html
No.28 on the page. Birds Singing in New Englishes


Web Press Happa-no-Kofu is a non-profit independent publisher which distributes translated and original works in both Japanese and English. Happa-no-Kofu, means leaf miner in Japanese. The leaf miner is an insect larva (caterpillar,beetle and weevil larvae etc.) that lives and feeds within a leaf. Leaf miners mar the appearance of ornamental grasses, trees, and shrubs, but they rarely cause injury. And the appearances sometimes look very lovely and lively like artwork.

   

   Thursday, February 23

In honor of African American History Month, Santa Monica College is presenting Alephonsion Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, speaking on Africa, America and the Hope of Transnational Connectivity.

Deng's free talk will be given at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, February 23 in Art Lecture Hall 214 on the main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. more info


  Huntington Beach Reads One Book announces the 2010 featured book: “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky”



Read More....


 Surf City Highlights Video
 
(scroll down to "HB Reads 2010")

  Huntington Beach Independent, “A hero’s Welcome

  Huntington Beach Independent opinion, “HB Reads gives the city hope

  Orange County for Darfur blog, “The Lost Boys at Huntington Beach High

  Huntington Beach Independent, “Surf City for Sudan

  Huntington Beach Independent opinion, “Handling of Darfur is a delicate matter

  Huntington Beach Independent, “Finding the Lost Boys

  Huntington Beach Independent opinion, “Reporter’s Notebook:  Innocence in escape from home

  

End Genocide Now! - Activist Timothy Do Makes Change For Ending The Darfur Genocide


  
  They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky is now available in AUDIO

You can now download an audio book version They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky for your your ipod or MP3 player, or to listen to from your computer. The price is only $9.76 or $7.49 with a new membership
from Audible.com




  
  New Teacher's Guide

A new Teacher's Guide has been added to the Teacher's Resources page. This guide is for the book, "The Scramble for Africa: Darfur - Intervention and the USA," by Steven Fake and Kevin Funk. This material is appropriate for college-level or high school AP courses in history, political science, international relations, and peace and conflict studies. This guide serves as an excellent resource relating to the background on the north south civil war, as well as critical commentary on the Darfur conflict.

  
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  New Star Tribune Article and Video



Minneapolis' Star Tribune has a new online article featuring a video with Benjamin Ajak.

click here to read the article and view video


  

  New Teacher's Guide

As a result of Michigan State University Freshman and East Lansing One Town Read program, we now have a new Teacher's Guide available for download.



MS WORD DOWNLOAD    |    PDF DOWNLOAD


In developing this curriculum, we attempted to provide supplementary materials for grade 9/10 English Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms that will be using the text "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky." Our hope is that it can be used as a way to fully engage students in the text and the ideas surrounding the text in a personal, meaningful manner.

  
 We are very proud to announce that
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky
is now available in Korean!





  The Town of Abyei (Sudan’s “Kashmir”) Has Ceased to Exist

May 30, 2008      A very close friend of the authors of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, Ajieng Deng, town of Abyei no longer exists. The Khartoum-controlled Sudanese Armed Forces has displaced the town's entire civilian population and left its buildings in ashes.These events were predicted, and absent effective word and action, they became inevitable. Somehow, the government of the United States missed all the signals—again. The United States has not even made a public statement regarding the violence Khartoum instigated in Abyei, the resulting humanitarian emergency, the damage done to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, or prospects for peace and democratic transformation in Sudan.

According to most Sudan experts, Abyei is a unique bellwether of war or peace between Khartoum and Sudan's South. And now that direct combat between the military wings of the CPA signatories has occurred, the country faces a serious threat of a return to full-scale war through­out the country. The Bush administration and other interested parties must step up and make sure the international community is doing all it can to bring peace to all of Sudan.
For more information, go to www.enoughproject.org.


   


  New Article Featured in the Santa Monica Corsair  
  Newspaper 
 


Lost Boy of Sudan Benjamin Ajak speaks at the Clocktower on February 28. The event had to be moved outside due to an unexpected large turnout.

A riot almost occurred outside Art 214 this past Thursday, as many upset students were denied entrance five minutes before Benjamin Ajak’s speech. The door was locked to the sold-out event.
Ajak is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who had to leave his home at the age of 5 to escape the attack of governme
nt troops on his village during the Sudanese civil war in 1987.   continue reading >



  One Book has chosen 'They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky'
    as their 2008 book pick


www.onebook.msu.edu

  

  Book Club
We have added a Book Club where we will provide a free DVD to show at your book club meeting if you feature our book. We might also be able to make a special live appearance. Click the link above for more information.


  

  
Help Drill Wells in Benson, Alephonsion, and Benjamin's
  Villages

Water for Sudan has a drilling rig in the area this fall of 2007 and can put wells into the authors' of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky villages if we can just raise the money for three wells at $7000 per well. These wells will change lives. Right now, they are forced to drink water often contaminated with cholera and parasites that cause pain, suffering and death.
Click the link above to find out how you can help.
  

  
   Freshmen Required Reading

We are very proud to announce that several universities, including Michigan Tech, have required freshmen students to read They Poured Fire before arriving at school. Click the logo above to read about Michigan Tech's program.

  
  
  One Book Yuma has chosen 'They Poured Fire on
  Us From the Sky' as their 2007 book pick

One Book Yuma is a joint literacy effort to encourage people to read and contemplate the same book, and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. Be part of a community reading project that touches on one of the most important issues of our part of the country. What some are calling the first genocide of the 21st Century.


They Poured Fire was a wonderful choice for our annual community literacy project. It mobilized our community like no other previous selection, connected people in classrooms and discussions, and provided teachers teachable contemporary literature. By itself, the book was a tremendous vehicle for discussion and learning, and it expanded the world of our citizens. But the author visit just blew the doors off our city. We reached almost 1,000 people in 24 hours. Most venues were to capacity, and the Literacy Center was standing-room only. Benjamin and Benson and Judy had the audience rivited with their presentations, which were part education, stern lecture, humorous story-telling, and live music. I know, from the reactions of people that attended the sessions, that this will prove to be a life-changing event for many students, teachers and book-lovers in Yuma, AZ. Thanks to Benson, Benjamin and Judy for your insightful and touching presentations. Yuma is better for it.

-Lori Stofft
One Book Yuma

  
  
  
  
Alepho's essay in Newsweek
  
Click the link above to read Alepho's essay which appeared
  in Newsweek.







  Benjamin is coming to Pittsburgh


Benjamin Ajak will be speaking in Pittsburgh from November 28-30.  Click here for more details and times.

  

 
Benson's Art at Primitive Kool Gallery

 
Benson's art work recently sold out at Primitive Kool Gallery, but make sure to visit this site to view his art, and also to view more pieces that will be available in the coming weeks.
  

  
The band Thong Jieng played this weekend at Primitive Kool Gallery in San Diego

    


   Benson Deng: A "Lost Boy" of Sudan Looks Back
   Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts 2007

Composed and pleasant, the lanky young man at the podium did not seem to be someone who could have witnessed incredible atrocities in his early life. But as he detailed in the book that he co-authored, They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: the True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan, Benson Deng is a survivor of genocide - one of 27,000 young boys who fled Sudan in 1987. As part of an all-school summer reading assignment, Middlesex freshmen and sophomores read his extraordinary account and were primed to welcome him when he visited Middlesex with another of his co-authors, Judy Bernstein, on October 9, 2007.   continue reading


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