الخميس، أبريل 13، 2006

The Lost Boy who Found the Way

Monday night has got to be one of my least favorite nights of the week. As we settled in after dinner to watch Andrew Denton's "Enough Rope" on the ABC this week however, we were rewarded with a wonderful "show and tell" segment.

For those of you not living downunder, Enough Rope is a TV show very similar to Parkinson. Basically Andrew Denton (the host) interviews a couple of celebrities. However, in my opinion, Andrew has got to be the best TV personalities on Aussie TV. He really knows how to bring out the best in his interviewees. There is a segment at the end of each episode called "show and tell". Anyone can register on the ABC website for this segment. You just need to have experienced something extraordinary or exceptional. If you're selected, Andrew interviews you for a few minutes at the end of an episode.

Show and tell of this week's episode was with Clement Deng, a Sudanese man whose very survival is nothing short of a miracle. You'll find the transcript of the interview in the link in this post's title. Basically he was the victim of the horrendous civil war in Southern Sudan, at the tender age of nine.

Clement Deng looks like a mild mannered, somewhat shy and quiet man. His speech is calm and he had a sweet smile as he spoke to Andrew. As he told of being attacked, beaten, branded and then being separated from his family, my heart broke a thousand times...
For all that I take for granted,
for the frightened children,
for all the grieving mothers
for the cruelty we are capable of as human beings
for the grace of this man who above all spoke of love.

Clement: So I just see that we need to bring love, because love is the mother of compromise, and when you love somebody and you actually criticise that person in context of love, you cannot reach the level that you want to take the life of a person away

Mr Deng; I tip my hat to you sir. You may have been lost to your home and family as a boy, but you certainly never lost yourself. Praise God who protected, not just you life, but your soul.
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