By John Bul Dau
One in all hundreds of thousands of youngsters who fled strife in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau survived starvation, exhaustion, and violence. His spouse, Martha, persevered related hardships. during this memorable e-book, the 2 express the easiest of African values whereas referring to searing money owed of famine and struggle. There’s heat to boot, of their funny stories of adapting to American lifestyles. For its significance as a chief resource, for its inclusion of the hardly ever advised lady viewpoint of Sudan’s misplaced teenagers, for its get together of human resilience, this can be the correct tale to notify and encourage younger readers.
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Our legends say that God provided the 1st Dinka guy a call among the present of the 1st cow and a mystery reward, known as the “What. ” God instructed the 1st guy to scrupulously think of his selection. the key present used to be very nice, God acknowledged, yet he wouldn't show something extra approximately it. the 1st guy checked out the cow and concept it was once a superb present. “If you insist on having the cow, then i counsel you to flavor her milk ahead of you decide,” God acknowledged. the 1st guy attempted the milk and beloved it. He thought of the alternative and picked the cow. He by no means observed the key present. God gave that present to others. The Dinka think that the key present went to the folk of the West. It helped them invent and discover and construct and develop into robust. in the meantime, the Dinka by no means equipped factories or highways or autos or planes. They have been content material to be farmers and livestock raisers. They lived fortunately for hundreds of years, consuming milk and utilizing cows as forex. Cows stay the lifeblood of the Dinka tradition. slender airborne dirt and dust paths hyperlink one village with one other in every single place Southern Sudan. There aren't any paved roads and almost no constructions of steel or brick. dust, sticks, leaves, and grass are our building fabrics. There are not any telephones, no pcs, no vehicles, no kitchen appliances—virtually not one of the conveniences that many folks on the planet take with no consideration. Our tradition has now not replaced a lot in 1000s of years, and we adore it that manner. Southern Sudan is especially flat. The land is roofed with grass that grows 8 ft excessive among patches of wooded area and farmland. The 12 months follows seasons of rain and drought. whilst it rains, the flat lands fill with status water and our villages turn into like swamps. while the rains cease, the land dries to airborne dirt and dust and the sunlight burns very, highly regarded. a few lands—in a space referred to as the Sudd that separates Northern and Southern Sudan—never pass dry. Even overdue within the dry season, those lands carry adequate water to develop grasses to feed our farm animals. past these swampy lands is the White Nile River. It has crocodiles, mosquitoes, and hippopotamuses. for lots of centuries, the swamp and the damaging animals that reside in it served as a barrier to those that desired to discover Southern Sudan. That’s why the Dinka lived in isolation until eventually the 19th century, while British explorers and missionaries begun pushing during the swamp. My father’s father’s brother was once a very good guy. His identify used to be Deng Malual Aleer. He used to be a huge leader in Southern Sudan and fought at the aspect of the British colonizers opposed to the Arabs who lived in Northern Sudan and desired to regulate the entire state. He gave permission for missionaries to do their paintings within the southernmost a part of Sudan, and that's how my relations turned Christians. due to Dinka traditions and the paintings of the missionaries, i've got names. My conventional Dinka identify is Dhieu-Deng Leek (pronounced “Lake”). I additionally am identified via my Christian identify, John Bul Dau. Many Dinka households supply their young ones a reputation from the Bible once they are baptized, and that's how I grew to become John at age 4 or 5.