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Hinterlands Of Hope: A Lost Boy's Journey From the Southern Sudan War Zones by Daniel Yamun Ukang is the awe-inspiring journey of the author who fled his home in South Sudan. His village, Yabullu, was attacked by the Arab-led Khartoum government during the Second Sudanese Civil War between the central Sudanese government of Khartoum and Sudan's People's Liberation Army (SPLA) that lasted from 1983 to 2005. Hinterlands of Hope is the author's story of hope, faith, courage, strength, perseverance, determination, and survival where he speaks about the horrific events of the war he experienced as well as his life in the conflict's aftermath. He shares his ordeal of running for his life at the age of six, journeying across East Africa's Sahara Desert for more than a thousand miles, and being forced into a river infested with crocodiles by the Sudanese government troops. From living in refugee camps, and eating just one meal a day, the author speaks about how he feared he would never be able to lead a normal life again.
Hinterlands Of Hope chronicles the author's tumultuous journey from his home in Yabullu, South Sudan to Ethiopia, Kenya, and finally to America, and his faith in God. His experiences will be engraved in the minds of readers as they read about his life story. He speaks about how he was displaced, lost his parents, his home, his community, and his country, and in spite of all that how he kept his hope alive. Daniel Yamun Ukang's phenomenal journey is inspiring and gives readers details about the trials of a refugee. The book is honest and straightforward and will make readers appreciate what they have and be thankful and grateful for the life they enjoy.