They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky

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They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan (2005) is a book co-authored with Judy A. Bernstein.[1] It's the autobiographical story of brothers Benson Deng and Alephonsion Deng, and their cousin Benjamin Ajak. It describes their ordeal during the Second Sudanese Civil War as they flee as refugees across Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya before they make it to a refugee camp in Kenya. There they sign up to take part in the Lost Boys of Sudan program and resettle in America.[2]


There are 4 total authors in They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky, Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjamin Ajak, and Judy A. Bernstein. Alepho, Benson, and Benjamin are all from Sudan and are the main characters in the book. All of them had very crazy and interesting lives, I’m only gonna talk about their lives after Africa because then there is no point of a main plot points section.

Alepho’s first job after being welcomed to the United States in 1999 was working at a grocery store, but shortly after that, he had an opportunity to be in a Russell Crowe movie. Now he travels across the country speaking to audiences about his story.

Benson first arrived in the United States in 2001, and his first job was at the same grocery store as Alepho. He also shares his story and advocates for the situation in Sudan and has become a successful artist in California.

Benjamin first came to America and saw firsthand the effects of terrorism, he saw the World Trade Center burning from his plane. When Benjamin arrived safely in America, he started work in the same grocery store as his two cousins. Benjamin has been to 48 states and talks to schools and organizations about his life in Sudan and in America. All three boys received the National Conflict Resolution Center's 2006 Peacemaker award.

Judy A. Bernstein has not always been an author, she stepped down in the computer business and is an author. She spends time traveling and speaking to audiences with her co-authors. Judy met with the 3 boys from Sudan and heard their tragic and epic journey, Bernstein then turned her attention to help them share their heroic story through their book.

This subheading was written by Brandon Stahl.


  • Hardcover, first edition (2005). ISBN 978-1586482695
  • Paperback (2006). ISBN 978-1586483883
  • Audiobook, (2009).


  1. ^ Book review, Martyn Drakard, The Observer, 29 September 2010
  2. ^ 'Lost Boys of Sudan' Finally Find a Home, Talk of the Nation, NPR, June 13, 2005

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