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Hinterlands of Hope
—A Lost Boy’s Journey from the southern Sudan War Zones.
About the author
Daniel Yamun Ukang, of the South Sudan Luo tribe, immigrated to San Diego, California in 2001 as a refugee from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya where he lived for more than a decade with sixteen thousand other Lost Boys. He is the president of the California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fosters community-based assistance to the San Diego Lost Boys and provides school supplies to Awoda Primary School in South Sudan. Daniel enjoys playing soccer, listening to gospel music, and spending time with his family. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Mary, and their four children.
“From the cover of Hinterlands of Hope to the end, it is an amazing real-life story of a young boy's struggle to survive as a refugee from the Second Sudanese Civil War. Against the backdrop of political and military conflict, you will follow Daniel Yamun Ukang on foot as he sets out across the Sahara desert seeking safety. I found it to be a real page-turner and an inspiration. It highlights some of humankind's worst and some of humankind's best. It is a phenomenal account that I wish everyone could read--and perhaps they will."