Totten’s debut novel depicts war-affected lives in Sudan
Samuel Totten’s first novel All eyes on the sky is a reflection on the wars in the troubled Nuba mountains of Sudan.
The story revolves around the life of Jamil Chidubem, a Nubain who, following his conscience, puts his life on the line for his people.
Chidubem was adopted as a baby and then taken in by a nuba family when his parents disappeared without a trace. With 13 years of education, he was considered well educated. He was the only teacher in a primary school in Kwalib. He is married and his wife is expecting their third child.
Following the war that began in June 2011 between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, schools were closed, leaving Chidubem unemployed.
Their daily life is disrupted by frequent aerial bombardments. The civilians are on their guard and constantly looking up to the sky, hence the title of the novel.
Chidubem is torn between taking up arms or joining a group of citizen journalists. He plans to go on a hunger strike to galvanize the international community to save his people.
Totten is a novelist and short story writer and currently lives in the United States. All eyes on the sky is his first published novel. He is currently working on The Trials of US ‘President’ Dunny Sump and two short story books.