Out of Exile: Narratives Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan
Edited by Craig Walzer
With an introduction, additional interviews, and an afterword by
Dave Eggers, Valentino Achak Deng, and Emmanuel Jal
Decades of conflicts and persecution have driven millions from their homes in all parts of the northeast African country of Sudan. Many thousands more have been enslaved as human spoils of war. In their own words, the narrators of Out of Exile recount their lives before their displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their hopes of someday returning home. Included are the stories of:
ABUK, a native of South Sudan now living in Boston, who survived ten years as a slave after being captured by an Arab militia.
MARCY AND ROSE, best friends who have spent the vast majority of their lives in a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya. They remember almost nothing of their former homes in Sudan.
MATHOK, who struggled to find opportunities as a refugee in Cairo, but eventually fell into a world of gangs and violence.
JOHN, a teacher fighting to keep a school for Sudanese refugees alive in a poverty-stricken slum in Nairobi.
Select Press & Praise for Out of Exile:
“’Out of Exile’ – the Sudanese speak” (SF Gate, 12/14/2008)
“Surviving Sudan” (Las Vegas Sun, 1/8/2009)
“Out of Exile: The Stories of Refugees in Their Own Words” (Enough Project, 2/11/2009)