Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut

Songs of a War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut with Ben Mckelvey

Deng Adut was six years old when war came to his village in South Sudan. Taken from his mother, he was conscripted into the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. He was taught to use an AK-47 and sent into battle.

Shot in the back, plagued by illness and the relentless brutality of war, Deng’s future was bleak. A child soldier must kill or be killed. But, after five years, he was rescued by his brother John and, miraculously, they became the third Sudanese family resettled in Australia.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Serious physical injury
  • Death of a child
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • War themes, including child soldiers & conscription
  • Animal death