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AgapePress – Abraham Nhial was nine years old in 1987 when Sudan ‘s Islamic government was using ground forces and air raids to ravage villages in southern Sudan . Adults and young children were mowed down indiscriminately. It is a war that continues today.

Lost Boy No More (Broadman & Holman, 2004) is Abraham’s story. It is also a history of Sudan and the persecution of Christians by Islamic militants. This 170-page volume is not for the weak. It is shocking and instructive. For me, Abraham puts a human face on a tragedy I had heretofore managed to keep de-personalized.

During daytime hours when villagers were murdered and their homes destroyed, young Abraham was among thousands of boys who would be away tending cattle, sheep and goats. Thus they survived the assaults, but with little hope for a future. Against all odds, some 35,000 Sudanese boys reached makeshift refugee camps in Ethiopia .

Don’t be misled if you recognize co-author DiAnn Mills as a novelist. Sadly, this is not fiction. In Lost Boy No More, Nhial and Mills relate the incredible and moving account of Abraham’s painful journey, a journey reflected in the lives of thousands of his “brothers” who fled Sudan .

Having been a critic of our culture for more than two decades, I find little that is truly shocking. I seldom discover new films or books or television shows that make me feel as if I’m going to vomit. Like many of my peers, I’ve grown a little desensitized, so I can watch bizarre behavior (on Fear Factor, perhaps) or explosive violence and blood baths, without a single turn of my stomach.

I say that only to say this — readers, beware. This book has stories almost certain to evoke nausea and revulsion. And, I hope, anger and resolve. The atrocities endured by the Lost Boys, the torture they witnessed, the despair they experienced — all of these are related in horrifying word pictures. The U.S. and the Body of Christ both should be more vocally and more visibly on the front lines demanding an end to the persecution of people for their Christian faith…[Go To Full Story]