Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
John Ajak began running when he was six years old in a war-engaged Sudan, picked up a gun at 11 years old, and finally came to the U.S. at age 20 in 2001 as part of the Lost Boys of Sudan. The Dallas Arboretum hired him shortly after he arrived as part of its horticulture staff, a job that he calls his therapy because the smiling faces of visitors and colleague. “Even though I’ve been in a hard place, they show me how to be happy.”
John can add author to his list of accomplishments having just published Unspeakable: My Journey as a Lost Boy of Sudan. He will sign copies of his book on November 16, 1 to 3 p.m. at Dallas Arboretum’s Hoffman Family Gift Store. The book is $14.95.
From a war-torn country to Dallas, John talks about how God spared his life, how it rained in the desert when he had no water to drink, how he could have been killed so many times, and yet, as he says, “My life was spared.”
He recalls his father being a farmer. “When I was young, I had a dream of being a farmer and a hunter and at the Dallas Arboretum, I am fulfilling part of what I wanted to do.”
John hopes his story will inspire others to view their circumstances, no matter how difficult, to help others. “The book will help others. It tells me that hope and courage will be there. If John did it, so can I.”