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Seed of South Sudan: Memoir of a ""Lost Boy"" Refugee Paperback – 30 May 2014
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"I have met Lost Boys from all over the world, all of them with their own dreams to help back home. Majok never gives up; he keeps going. How hard it is for him to watch his family drink unsafe water and then return home to the US were it seems to be such a simple thing, but Majok will keep going on..... When you meet and talk to these men you will wonder why you haven't helped before. Become a mentor. Get involved. Read the story. Buy the book."--Judy Maves, mother of one Lost Boy and mentor to dozens; "The average fan thought swatting away basketballs was Manute Bol's primary job. But it became clear to me that playing hoops was just a front, the financial source that allowed Manute to pursue his real passion: donating his millions to worthy Sudanese causes, and campaigning to gain attention for his country's needs. Seed of South Sudan recounts how Manute's support helped free South Sudan. It's a powerful, moving story."--Alan Sharavsky, former marketing director of the Philadelphia 76ers.
About the Author
Majok Marier is a plumber living in Clarkston, Georgia.
Estelle Ford-Williamson, a former UPI reporter, writes and teaches in the Atlanta area. She has published a historical fiction of Atlanta, and has edited and published two anthologies of DeKalb County seniors’ recollections of the Civil Rights era and other stories. She lives in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
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Seed of South Sudan: Memoir of a "Lost Boy" Refugee is one considerable gesture toward such a synthetic movement. In it we hear first-hand accounts of what it was like to walk for months and months in the middle of the night over nearly a thousand miles, carrying, besides the risks of death by wild animals, enemy soldiers, thirst, starvation or disease--or, worse than anything, loss of hope--the seeds of a culture that Majok Marier's grandmother believed might be replanted someday in a new nation.
Barbara Knott, Editor, The Grapevine Art and Soul Salon online journal
My earlier Lost Boys readings dealt chiefly with the Sudanese experience; their efforts to avoid the atrocities being committed by Sudanese government troops and the daily hazards of hunger, thirst and wild animals in their near 1000 mile trek across dry savanna grasslands and eastern edges of the Sahara - In this developed world where I live my life, that story alone is spellbinding…
I was familiar with much of that story, but in this book the co-author, Majok, brings the story down to a very personal level sharing his experiences along with thoughtful insights, nightly dreams and the emotions of fear and hope he experiences daily…
What was new for me in this book and particularly exciting was hearing of Majok’s life after he and the other boys settled in the USA – It’s difficult to imagine the depth of the cultural change - I’m sure no written history could fully grasp the depth of the emotional and psychological impact they faced as they stepped off that plane at the Atlanta airport – Learning a new language was least of their challenges – With no time to spare, they struggled to learn and adjust to the modern world, find jobs and learn skills as simple as handling money, shopping for food and finding their way around the hectic city…
Of course, they had help, but it was temporary and by necessity limited – Churches and church folk made the greatest contribution – They provided guidance and a caring hand - And, of course, the story continues – Progress here – A misstep there…
Through all the change and frustration what shines through is the determination of Majok and the other boys – They were still little more than teenagers setting roots in the new world against the pull of family in the old – They had to balance difficult decisions on how best to honor family and tradition and how best to help those left behind with so many needs…
I finished Majok’s story shortly after visiting the Taos pueblo and hearing that story – In many ways the struggle of those long ago Indians mirrors the Lost Boys – They struggled against oppressive Spanish and American government, experienced hunger and other essential needs – With the book still warm in my hands I realized it’s a story that’s been repeated time and again throughout history – Again with the Lost Boys those with courage and determination prevail and prosper…
As I closed the book and looked out at the pueblo stark brown against a bright blue sky, I understood a bit more of Majok and his story – It’s the story of those who endured, who sacrificed for themselves and their kind – The story of the varied immigrants that build this great country – Our story as much as Majok’s - The circle is closing again…
What a great read!