Alephonsion Deng: A “Lost Boy” From Sudan Speaks to Del Mar Students

‘Lost Boy’ from Sudan, Africa guest speaks at Cal Coast Academy.

Online PR News – 18-May-2012 – Del Mar, California – Cal Coast Academy, a Del Mar based college preparatory private school, is scheduled to host an intimate Q & A event featuring special guest speakers Alephonsion "Al" Deng and Judy A. Bernstein on Monday, May 14, beginning at 11:00 am at the Cardiff Library. Deng and Bernstein's co-authored autobiographical book titled They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, the true story of three Lost Boys from Sudan, will be available for purchase during an optional reception immediately following the proceeding.

In the award-winning memoir, Deng, along with his brother Benson and cousin Benjamin Ajak, paint a horrific picture of the fourteen-year nightmare they endured, fleeing as refugees across Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya before signing up to take part in the "Lost Boys of Sudan" program and resettling in America. The unimaginable personal accounts narrated in this compelling story, tell of the tremendous obstacles, challenges and sufferings these boys had to overcome and the sacrifices they made during their thousand-mile trek across lion and crocodile-infested terrain.

As a guest speaker sharing his unsettling past, Deng heroically relives his emotionally seared childhood time and time again to help educate our future generations about the devastatingly harsh and all too often muted impact and aftermath caused by the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. "It is imperative that students be educated on a global level, addressing crucial worldly issues and understanding that awareness and knowledge are critical components in correcting global injustice," states Ms. Jan Dunning, Founder and Principal of Cal Coast Academy. "At Cal Coast, we recognize the seriousness of and strive to provide our students with the unsurpassed advantages associated with and gained through a well-rounded and all-embracing education that presents an honest representation of the world around," Ms. Dunning continued.

Deng's inexplicably painful, yet ultimately triumphant life began with an upbringing far too removed from our own to truly comprehend, and included enough twists and turns to leave even the strongest in despair. Now as a young man, he radiates with genuine grace and unmatched optimism. "Alephonsion Deng truly defines courage, hope, determination, bravery, and inspiration,” states Dunning. “We are honored to welcome this extraordinary hero and are privileged to be hosting this unforgettable event.”