Survival of the Fittest and How the Lost Boy Survived It All

Survival of the Fittest and How the Lost Boy Survived It All

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Since 1983, Sudan has been the epicenter of a horrific conflict. Battles between northern Sudana€™s government forces and the southern Sudanese Peoplea€™s Liberation Army have left scars and ethnic divisions too numerous for world media to cover. Each day, thousands of refugees escape to neighboring regions. Mass killings, torture, and rape are common practice within and around the borders. Survival of the Fittest is not only the story of Mator Adol-Mawiena€™s survival but his relentless drive to find freedom from his captors and justice for his people. Malek Tor, a wise man known for his predictions in my Dinka village, predicted my birth. He said my parentsa€™ fourth born would be a boy, and they were to name him Mator. It means dust storm, wind storm, and tornado in the Dinka language. It would not be long before he was proven correct. I was the throne-holder for my family, a future king, and I was treated very well. All who entered my kingdom knew that I had a big heart and followed in my fathera€™s greatness. But when the northern army entered my village with the intent to kill and destroy, escaping Sudan became the only option for my survival. I was only nine years old when SPLA soldiers rescued me from my village, telling me that they wanted to make sure my village was safe before they would reunite me with my family. Thousands of miles later, I realized they lied. The civil war killed many in my village, including my father and other family members. Many of my friends either died or found themselves torn from their families, as I had been.The Jeep was not damaged, but my car had minor dents in the front bumper and hood, and the headlights were gone. However ... The following day, I went to the workshop to discuss how much the damage would cost to fix. a€œWe can fix it foranbsp;...

Title:Survival of the Fittest and How the Lost Boy Survived It All
Author: Mator Adol Mawien
Publisher:WestBow Press - 2012-12-26

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