Author(s): John Bul Dau
Now in paperback, "God Grew Tired of Us" is a book with passion, sadness, fear, perseverance, joy and humor written by John Dau, a member of the Dinka tribe of southern Sudan, who recounts his experiences as a refugee from the civil war that has been fought in his country since 1983 and resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese. Among the millions of refugees who sought refuge in neighboring countries were a group of about 20,000 children - most between the ages of 7 and 16, and many of them orphaned - who became separated from their families, and were forced to make their way, alone, across thousands of miles of treacherous landscape to a U.N. refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. Along the way, more than half would succumb to starvation, disease, and attack.Dau, a 12 year-old when the war broke out, led 1,200 children on the flight from Sudan, 60 percent of them between 4 and 9 years old. Dau emigrated to the U.S. in 2001, and with humour and appreciation recounts the culture shock that resulted when traditional tribal culture collided with modern American society; the joy of reuniting with his family; and his tireless work giving back to the people of the Sudan.