HOW FAST CAN YOU RUN by Harriet Levin Millan
Majok, at the age of five, runs as fast as he can escaping a brutal attack on his village in the Sudan. He is separated from his family and desperate to get back to them. An older boy finds him, protects him and convinces him to keep going. Thus begins the walking and walking, the hunger, thirst, sadness and fear, but also survival. He always believes that he will find his mother, that she is alive.
Lost Boys to America
The Lost Boys (boys without parents) are in a refugee camp of 10,000. Majok always searching for his mother. He does find siblings. Nine years after his escape he is one of 4000 Lost Boys resettled in America. Thus begins a new life with a whole new set of challenges… including love, acceptance and deception. Nevertheless he excels in school, graduates from college, and gives the commencement address at his graduation. He eventually returns to the Sudan where he now lives. This novel is based on a true story and is the Charter for Compassion’s choice for their International education Global Read. It gives a glimpse into the hardships, tragedies, and ongoing challenges facing the 65 million refugees currently displaced around the world due to conflicts in regions/countries.