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  • This is a teacher’s resource for literacy instruction to use with The Journey of Hope by Bol B. Aweng. It will support teachers in helping their students in understanding the current discussions about refugees and exploring one of the Lost Boy’s experiences. There are suggestions for guided reading instruction, book club chats and writing activities.
  • In 1987 civil war broke out in southern Sudan.  I was  six years old and was forced to walk 1,500 miles with 35,000 other Lost Boys of Sudan in search of a safe place. We faced many hardships including lion attacks, starvation, dehydration, disease, dangerous river crossings and attacks by enemy soldiers.  I spent 14 years living in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before finally being resettled in Nashville.  I relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 2006 where I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 with a degree in fine arts. I was awarded the Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award in 2016 for my work in building a medical clinic in my village in South Sudan. Read how I overcame countless obstacles to survive and turn my tragedy into an incredible story of hope and inspiration to others. “I dedicated this book to my family in South Sudan. I never lost hope that someday we would be reunited. Also to all the 16,000 Lost Boys who survived and journeyed with me during those difficult years including my cousin Jok”. 
  • Contact Bol to have a photo drawn to canvas.  Prices vary.
  • Contact Bol to have a photo drawn to canvas.  Prices vary.
  • Zebras

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    I saw many wild animals along the way during my journey, including predators and many other animals. Zebras most often came to my attention as my favorite animal because of their peaceful nature. Their attractive appearance, with their beautiful stripes, added to the landscape
  • Welcome to Modern World

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    I saw a computer for the first time when I came to America. It was then that I learned that most people know something about the world through the internet. I thought of my family and friends back in Sudan who don’t know that the rest of the world is connected like this. It gave me new hope that people could learn about the crisis in my country. I dream that today’s technology will help free southern Sudan.
  • Unforgettable Moment

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    Civil war broke out in southern Sudan. Not only were soldiers firing guns, but there was bombing from MIGs, helicopters, and tanks. Everyone was running away from the village except for parents with small children and the elderly. People were dying all around. Even the animals fled the country because of the war.
  • Two Worlds Together

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    Civilians of South Sudan are facing serious challenges due to the long war and its slow recovery. It is my great hope that one step at a time will bring a positive change to more than one generation. This painting portrays the outstanding work of the people of Columbus and the rest of the Buckeye State – those who raise their hands to offer services and financial support, give of their time, thoughts and prayers, and so much more, in order to impact the lives of vulnerable people in Piol village. Columbus is making a difference.
  • Tiang Antelope

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    The impact of the longest civil war between North and South Sudan, not only ended 2.5 million lives, but also greatly affected wildlife as well. Most of the animals had faced threats due to the mass killing and hearing the endless gunfire. Many escaped to neighboring countries for safety. The Tiang antelope is one- of-a-kind animal that inhabited the Piol area for a long time, but was rarely seen during the war. I was more that delighted during my last visit to Piol when I witnessed the migration of this antelope back to the area. Their presence signifies the peace and stability in the territory
  • The Last Memory

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    My last memory is of my beautiful Dinka yard. I was in the yard with my cattle when war broke out in my village. When I heard the sounds of bombs and gunfire, I fled and never saw my family or my home again.
  • Surviving on Wild Plants

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    We did not have any food to eat because relief agencies were forbidden access to this area by the government of Sudan. We ate wild leaves, fruit, and roots – things we had not tried to eat before, just to sustain ourselves.
  • Struggling with lion

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    During the journey, we encountered lions along the way that attacked us. When we saw a lion, we would come together in tight groups. We would yell, scream, and throw sticks to scare the lion away. If we did not have time to organize into groups, our only option was to run for the trees.