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Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America Paperback – September 9, 2004
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Eventually, as this book bears out, his father's hope proved prophetic. But in 1986 Francis could count to no more than ten and still played alweth and Madallah --- Dinka hide-and-seek and cricket. His mother sent older friends to supervise his first independent market trip.
The Catholic boy nicknamed Piol, for rain, that day lost his childhood and world to the murahaliin. After torching the nearby villages and slaying their inhabitants, 20 light-skinned Juur horsemen charged into Nyamlell. They severed the heads of all Dinka men with single sword strokes, left them rolling in the blood-soaked market dust and stole Piol's older friends Abuk, Kwol and Nyabol. A rifleman permanently silenced a crying girl with a bullet to her head. A swordsman sliced off her sister's leg at the thigh. Francis tried to flee. Terror squelched his cries. He was halted at gunpoint, grabbed and slung astride a small saddle, crafted specifically (as he later recognized) to carry abducted children, and ridden far north.
Bok recounts the role he played in pushing President Bush to toughen and sign the Sudan Peace Act on October 18, 2002. As he points out, this made Americans increasingly aware of Sudanese Islamic government support for mass enslavement and genocide of Southern Sudanese Christians and animists.Read more ›
Once again, Francis Bok, a brave handsome heroic warrior man from the very gracious and proud Dinka Tribe has come forward with humility and elegance...to tell his truth. Not only does he tell HIS truth--but he also tells the truth of all of us who are both black and Sudanese. This is a remarkable book, one that should be important to ALL humanity, because in the larger sense, it is not just about being black or being Dinka in Sudan, it is not just about slavery...it is about human beings failing to honor and cherish the lives...of other human beings. This is one of the best books of the year!!!
As an Arab/Oromo woman born in Omdurman--and as a Northerner--I would like to testify and back up Mr. Bok's truth, because I personally witnessed much of what he writes about in his book.of course.I witnessed entirely different events at an entirely different time, because being the daughter of an Arab Egyptian, I was able to see the slave movement from its "infancy"--before it became visible and I was also an 8 year old child playing in the home of Dr. John Garang as my father, Garang (a Dinka) and other Arabs discussed at great length...what would years later become the SPLA.
PLEASE BUY IT RIGHT NOW! IT'S WORTH EVERY PENNY!
About Kola Boof:
Sudanese-American author Kola Boof...currently appears in the just released all new short story collection "Politically Inspired--Edited by Stephen Elliott" (MacAdam/Cage). All proceeds of the book "Politically Inspired" go to the Oxfam Humanitarian fund to help buy food and medicine for children in Iraq. In February 2004, Kola Boof's 1995 Arabic novel "Flesh and the Devil" will be released in ENGLISH in the U.S. translated by Said Musa.Read more ›
It is a shame that the situation is not well-known. Obviously, people should work as vehemently against slavery today as they ever did before. Though the book ultimately urges activism, simply being knowledgeable of this issue is undoubtedly a tremendous step forward.
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I hope this admirable young man can take time to enjoy his freedom and have a family to love, as he has so much love to give to others. What a demonstration of faith.Published 4 days ago by Elizabeth Wettstein
An important book to read but it left room for improvement. The first approximately one third of the book was very informative, touching, and an inspiring snapshot of the strength... Read morePublished 11 months ago by P.C.
Sad story of a kid that was kidnapped when he was only 7 and taken away from his family. It tells of his attempted escapes and the escape that was successful when he was 17 years... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Geraldine M. Mahan
True story. I'm a fan of non-fiction & triumph. Abook like this can truly encourage the reader. It can also bring to light the struggles and saddness that people in other... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Anne G. Stuart
This is a must read for everybody who is interested in the problems of the Middle East. Francis Bok takes you into his personal story and how he overcame being a slave in modern... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Charlotte A. Ginn
This is a book that is required by my high school for me to read during the summer. I attend The Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Winona Fuller
my son had to read this for his college English class. He said it was alright, he did not learn anything he has not already knew.Published on June 22, 2013 by Andrea Thomas