• Contact Bol to have a photo drawn to canvas.  Prices vary.
  • Contact Bol to have a photo drawn to canvas.  Prices vary.
  • 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”. 
  • 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.
  • Along the Ajakageer

    This boy is exhausted and could not make his way across the desert.  The long walk through desert terrain, the lack of food and water, and the heaviness of our sorrows made it difficult to continue. We tried our best to carry those who couldn’t walk any further.
  • Bible study

    During the journey, we did not have a building or any holy place to worship our Lord but under the tree service was the only best option. We study bible, prayed and praised the Lord there. Jesus was the only way we had day and night.
  • Christmas Marching

    On holidays, especially Christmas and Easter, we would celebrate our salvation with marches, songs, and dances. Weeks before the event, we would prepare our special uniforms – black pants, white shirts, and red sashes with white crosses. We also made our wooden crosses that we carried. Some who had learned tailoring or carpentry in the camp stayed very busy helping out at this time. The boy in the front, in all white, is the leader of the march and the teacher of the songs and dances.
  • Classroom Under the Trees

    Education was a priority, and it kept our minds occupied. We learned English, math, and Kiswahili under those trees. Our teachers tried to help us rise above our situation so that someday we may return to Sudan as educated leaders.
  • Construction in Ethiopia

    When we arrived at Panyidou Refugee camp in Ethiopia there were no buildings. We had to come together as groups to build shelters and to gather food. Some went to the forest to cut long and short poles for building houses. Others were given the duty to cut grass or to cook. Once we built the living shelters, we built a school. It took many people to carry one pole and take many poles to build the house.
  • Crossing the Gilo River

    We were forced out of Ethiopia and had to cross the River Gilo back to Sudan. Enemy troops were closing in. The river had currents so strong that we could not safely cross. When we heard gunshots, we realized the troops were going to kill us all and that we had no choice but to jump in the river. Only half of us survived the gunshots, crocodiles, and strong currents. Crossing the Gilo was the longest moment of my life. When I got to the other side, I just ran.
  • Dinka Cow Scenery

    Cows play a role in Dinka culture and lifestyle. Wealth is measured with cows. One hundred or more head of cows are provided to a bride’s family as a dowry. Children are named after a special cow that was used to pay for the marriage agreement of their parents. Young men compose songs about their favorite bull in order to win girls and earn prestige in their community.
  • Imperceptible Misery

    This work continues to serve as a reminder to me about the struggle and misfortune of my fellow friends and brothers as a result of war. It embodies the over-shadowed and unseen suffering of the past and the passion I see in the eyes of friends and viewers today – as if they were with me during those days