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ISBN: 9781760993900
Dimensions: B Format: 19.8x12.8cm
Pages: 160
Publication year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Father of the Lost Boys for Younger Readers

Written by Yuot A. Alaak

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Once, there was a man who rescued 20,000 boys from almost certain death. That man was my father. One of those boys was me. This is our story.

During the Second Sudanese Civil War, thousands of boys were displaced or orphaned. In 1989, Mecak Ajang Alaak led the Lost Boys on a four-year journey from Ethiopia to Kenya to protect them from becoming child soldiers. This is the abridged account of that extraordinary true story.


‘This valuable book deserves a global audience and will be a disquieting read for those of privilege; this country is a better place for it having been published.’ Books+Publishing

‘This memoir is a life-affirming story which proves yet again that so many refugees have courage and initiative that – quite apart from any humanitarian motives – show how much the fortunate West has to gain in opening its doors.’ ANZ LitLovers

‘… this is not a story of sadness, but of a family’s triumph; of love, loyalty and choosing the power of the pen over the power of the gun.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘… it is a jaw-dropping memoir, punctuated by inconceivable tragedy but underpinned throughout by the powerful hope that kept them moving.’ Weekend West

‘This is an important story.’ Magpies

Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2020)
NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Shortlisted 2021)
City of Fremantle Hungerford Award (Shortlisted 2018)

Pages: 160
Publication Year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Yuot A. Alaak

Yuot A. Alaak is an emerging Western Australian writer whose short story ‘The Lost Girl of Pajomba’ was anthologised by Margaret River Press in Ways of Being Here. He has appeared twice at Perth Writers Festival and his memoir, Father of the Lost Boys, was shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and […]