“A man who survived the violence of civil war in Sudan and found refuge in San Diego County died over the weekend in a car crash in Santee, [California].
Anyoun Anyoun, 26, of La Mesa, was killed on Highway 67 at Riverford Road Friday. According to the California Highway Patrol, a speeding motorist cut off another driver, killing Anyoun and injuring four others.
He fled his home village of Aweil, Sudan, when he was 7 years old. In a biography he later wrote, he talked about seeing his parents slain before his eyes. In the book, he said his mother’s last words were, ‘Run for your life and don’t look back.’
A cousin and fellow ‘Lost Boy’ Isaac Amol, reflected on the community’s loss. ‘We have lost a person who was also trying to make a difference in other people’s lives. Anyoun was really one of the persons that a lot of us were hoping in the future to bring something bigger,’ Amol said.”