Book review: The Boy Who Wouldn't Die

Remarkable, inspiring story about a refugee fleeing his war-torn country.
Remarkable, inspiring story about a refugee fleeing his war-torn country.

BOOK: The Boy Who Wouldn't Die
AUTHOR:  David Nyoul Vincent
PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin Aust
RRP: $29.99

THERE are several books on the topic of refugees fleeing war-torn countries, sadly prevalent throughout the world.

David Nyoul Vincent's true story is one of the most inspiring I have come across.

One of the Lost Boys of Sudan, David fled southern Sudan with his father, leaving behind his distraught mother and sisters.

Saying goodbye to his childhood forever, he trudged across the Sahara, desperately searching for safety, food and water.

Trained as a child-soldier in Ethiopia, David then lived as a refugee in Kenya until age 26, in a relentless fight against starvation, air bombings and people out to kill him and his people.

In 2004 David received a humanitarian visa and resettled in Australia.

Slowly and painfully he made a new life for himself, away from the trauma he had endured for so long.

David is now an advocate for refugees and the Sudanese community and is a People of Australia Ambassador, committed to achieving peace for his people and for refugees everywhere.

Told with candour and humour, his is a powerful story of a young man's humanity and resilience.

For us who have everything we could possibly need, David's story is humbling.

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