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Songs of a War Boy - Deng Thiak Adut


Published: 25th October 2016
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The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope

Deng Adut's family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the age most Australian children are starting school , Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People's Liberation Army. He began a harsh, relentless military training that saw this young boy trained to use an AK-47 and sent into battle. He lost the right to be a child. He lost the right to learn.

The things Deng saw over those years will stay with him forever. He suffered from cholera, malaria and numerous other debilitating illnesses but still he had to fight. A child soldier is expected to kill or be killed and Deng almost died a number of times. He survived being shot in the back. The desperation and loneliness was overwhelming. He thought he was all alone.

But Deng was rescued from war by his brother John. Hidden in the back of a truck, he was smuggled out of Sudan and into Kenya. Here he lived in refugee camps until he was befriended by an Australian couple. With their help and the support of the UN, Deng Adut came to Australia as a refugee.

Despite physical injuries and mental trauma he grabbed the chance to make a new life. He worked in a local service station and learnt English watching The Wiggles. He taught himself to read and started studying at TAFE. In 2005 he enrolled in a Bachelor of Law at Western Sydney University. He became the first person in his family to graduate from university.

This is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome deadly adversity to become a lawyer and committed worker for the disenfranchised, helping refugees in Western Sydney. It is an important reminder of the power of compassion and the benefit to us all when we open our doors and our hearts to fleeing war, persecution and trauma.

About the Author

Deng Adut is a lawyer working in Western Sydney. He uses his spare time to help other Sudanese refugees.

Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for GOOD WEEKEND, GQ, VOYEUR, ROLLING STONE, THE BULLETIN, COSMO, CLEO and the SMH, AGE and WEST AUSTRALIAN newspapers. Ben's previous gigs have included editing SPORT&STYLE and JUICE magazines, and working on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD as a Senior Feature Writer.

He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.




It makes the reader realise how lucky they are To live in Australia



I re-read this book over and over


Its easy to forget how lucky you are. This life story was a real eye opener. What a strong man!



One of the most amazing books that I've ever read


It amazed me that someone like Mr Adut went thru what he did and has come out the other side to accomplish what he has,and is still doing. I am in awe of you, and I hope you can continue to do the wonderful work that you do.Thank you for writting your book.I read it in two nights,I couldn't put it down.

Bairnsdale Victoria Australia




very informative, interesting and easy to read.



Wonderful reading an inspiring book by an inspiring person


Couldn't put it down, not only because of the drama and the extraordinary situations that we in a "free" world would't even think of but because Mr Adut is human, faced with violent and unpredictable changes in his life made very human decisions whilst maintain his honour and dignity.

Bermagui NSW


songs of a warboy


1/4 way in I went and checked on police reports of sudanese in this country (bad) but at the end the writer had exonorated himself. gripping from end to end

collaroy plateau


Fantasic book, touching and memorable.


I devoured this book in a day. Now purchasing multiple copies as gifts. Inspirational book - warning, may cause empathy...

Horsley, NSW


Deng Thiak Adut


I really enjoyed reading Deng's true life story. It had a lot of information about Sudan that I did not know and I enjoyed how he changed the course of his life and settled in to our culture in Australia. A very good read.

Sydney Australia


Fantastic Read


Absolutely loved this heartfelt autobiography A serious must read .Its impossible not to feel incredible compassion for this beautiful man.

Victoria Australia


A must read - Songs of a war boy


A heart wrenching but informative and tender book well worth reading to understand immigration and the issues around why, how and impacts.

Coffs Harbour, NSW



4.7 14


ISBN: 9780733636523
ISBN-10: 0733636527
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 25th October 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1