What do you cross a "Lost Boy from Sudan" and a motivational keynote speaker from New Jersey? A powerful experience in the magnitude of connection and the sliver of distance between lives.
At 8 pm tonight, in Alepho Deng and Dr. Jeff Salz are performing “Across Worlds – A Tale of Two Lives” is an inspiring story of two lives, a Lost Boy from Sudan and an American mountain climber. It is an unforgettable experience of loss, endurance and redemption chronicling their respective ‘life’s adventure(s)’. Tales of growing up in New Jersey and mountaineering in South America are interwoven with a childhood in an idyllic Africa, unchanged for centuries, suddenly swallowed up by gunfire, bombs, wild animals and starvation… and a journey to a place called America.
In 1987, when Alephonsion Deng was seven years old, his village in Southern Sudan was attacked by his own government troops. To avoid capture he ran into the night with many other young boys. Without food, water, shoes or parents, he crossed 1,000 miles of lion and crocodile infested territory. After five years of fleeing war, starvation and wild animals, he reached Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and began his education. Nine years later, in 2001, the U.S. Government welcomed Alephonsion Deng as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
Every child has a right to a joyful beginning, full of hope, affection and possibility. Alepho has lived through the harsh reality of war – loss of home, family and friends. Most tragic of all is the sudden end of innocence and opportunity brought about by violence beyond the control and understanding of any child.
My story is not one of sorrow, pity or feeling bad. In fact, it is a celebration of the spirit of mankind, of the goodness in the world, and of fortitude, faith and caring. As my journey has taught me, you cannot change what has happened but you can create your own future. …. Alepho Deng
8pm, Saturday, March 8th 2014
2822 State Street
Carlsbad, California 92008
I hope to see you as we experience a wonderful journey of adventure AND as Jeff says, "inventure."