Songs of a War Boy
Co-written with Ben Mckelvey
Shot in the back, dealing with illness and the relentless brutality of war, Den’s future was bleak. A child soldier must kill or be killed. But, after five years, he was rescued by his brother John and smuggled into a Kenyan refugee camp. With the support of the UN and help from an Australian couple, Deng and John became only the third Sudanese family resettled in Australia.
Despite physical injuries and ongoing mental trauma, Deng seized the chance he’d been given. Deng taught himself to read. In 2005, he enrolled in a Bachelor of Law at Western Sydney University, at times living in his car to afford to study.
Songs of a War Boy is the inspirational story of a young man who has overcome deadly adversity to become lawyer and refugee advocate in Western Sydney. Deng’s unforgettable memoir is an important reminder of the power of compassion and the benefit to us all when we open our doors and our hearts to those fleeing was, persecution and pain.