To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Sudanese Lost Boy, Joseph Deng, Speaks to MS

Over the past few weeks, the 7th grade literature classes have been reading “A Long Walk to Water.” The novel depicts the true story of Salva Dut, an 11-year-old Sudanese Lost Boy who is separated from his family during the Second Sudanese Civil War. One of the young boys that Salva helped lead to a refugee camp was Joseph Deng, who came to speak to the 7thgrade classes this morning. Joseph took time to tell the students about his journey out of the Sudan and the trials he faced along the way. He walked for weeks, struggling to find both food and water, all while avoiding gunmen, lions and many other threats with only the hope that one day he would find his family again. Joseph talked to the students about the important role that his faith and friendships played in his story. When asked why he never gave up, he stated, “I believe that God kept me alive during those times so that I could come to America to get the education I needed to go back and help those in my country.”  

 

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