In John Bul Dau’s memoir, God Grew Tired of Us, he tells the inspiring and heart wrenching story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. This two hundred and eighty one page book was published in 2008 in the USA. John’s moving story begins by explaining the tense political situation in his beloved homeland, Sudan. Sudan is a country located in Northern africa. John was born in1974 into the Dinka tribe in the agricultural and cattle raising farm of Duk County. The environment of southern Sudan is scorching hot and dry, however the farmers and herders in Sudan, including the one’s in John’s own village, adapted to their surroundings by using different techniques to hunt and grow produce varying on the season. He grew up in his peaceful village very
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In this book, John Bul Dau conveys several life lessons to the reader. The two which stuck out to me the most are that you should always have pride of where you come from and that hope should never be lost, even in the worst of situations. Through demonstrating a constant pride in his Dinka heritage, a strong faith in God and a positive and hardworking attitude, John prove himself as an excellent role model for all people.
While John wanders through the desert and in and out of a few refugee camps, it would have been easy to forget his Dinka heritage and become ashamed of who he was. After all, the reason he was in danger was because of his religious beliefs and Dinka culture. Yet, John continues in his Dinka ways by surrounding himself with other Dinka in the camps singing Dinka songs, sending money to his village from America when it would have been easier to only support himself, and finding a Dinka wife. Not only did John overcome incredible odds, he did so with pride in who he was.
Through the most difficult situations possible, John somehow retains his faith in God and a positive outlook on life. One example of this occurs when John was about to begin his march from Ethiopia to Kenya, hoping to find safety in Kakuma. Before embarking on this journey, he and the other lost boys sang a prayer in high spirits, “Lord bless our journey, give us joy and peace... We thank you and worship because your words we have listened