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|A Bond of Life
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Brief Description: For Nyallo, a little boy growing up in the Upper Nile region of war-torn southern Sudan, his small village and its inhabitants represented the whole universe. To him, the world outside, the world beyond the shadows, was a fairyland and only there did tragedy and pain exist. However, his eyes, blinded by childhood naivety, would soon be opened and there would be no turning back.
With a curiosity and wisdom far greater than his years, Nyallo was forced to step across the line between fairytales and reality, to face painful truths and to smell death. Inspired and nurtured by the inner wisdom of his special friend, an elderly man who was weak in body but strong in spirit and soul, he embarked on a journey from boyhood to manhood, prepared to walk a difficult path that would lead him into the real world fearlessly, heralding a new dawn and the taste of freedom for a broken-spirited people.
This is a moving and poignant story of survival in the grip of hopelessness, of the resilience of the soul through oppression, where songs of death and doom are reborn as songs of life and hope through the incredible gift of a deep and life-defining friendship.
About the Author:
Welleh KunArrobb was born in Akock, a small village north east of Malakal in the Upper Nile province of Sudan, and grew up in Aworajock to the south, completing his primary school education in three different schools in Malakal between 1977 and 1983.
In 1983, at the age of 16, he fled to Khartoum to continue his schooling, leaving his family behind in the grip of war. In 1991 he sought sanctuary in Egypt, and in 1997 he gained a Batchelor of Arts degree at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon, West Africa.
He migrated to Canada in 1999 and three years later gained Canadian citizenship. He is now living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.