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Tracing the paths of five refugees from the Middle East and Africa to the Greek camps, Map of Hope and Sorrow is an immersive account of desperation and courage that shines a light on the real, lived experiences of those who can all too easily be reduced to mere statistics.
Helen Benedict, award-winning British-American professor of journalism at Columbia University, teams up with Syrian writer and refugee, Eyad Awwadawnan, to present the stories of five refugees who have endured long and dangerous journeys from the Middle East and Africa to Greece.
Hasan, Asmahan, Evans, Mursal and Calvin each tell their story, tracing the trajectory of their lives from homes and families in Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Cameroon to the brutal refugee camps, where they are trapped in a strange and hostile world. These are compelling, first-person stories of resilience, suffering and hope, told in a depth rarely seen in non-fiction, partly because one of the authors is a refugee himself, and partly because both authors spent years getting to know the interviewees and winning their trust.
The women and men in this book tell their stories in their own words, retaining control and dignity, while revealing intimate and heartfelt scenes from their lives.
Publisher: Footnote Press Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 24 mm
'Heartfelt, eye-opening, timely, essential: these stories remind us of the plight of refugees, people just like us, who are desperate to build new lives for themselves and their loved ones.' - Christy Lefteri
'Simple, powerful stories told in refugees' own voices. I couldn't stop reading, hand to mouth, my chest tightening. A vital collaboration between two sharply observant writers who know how to get out of the way.' - Dina Nayeri
'Harrowing, heartbreaking and deeply humane, Map of Hope and Sorrow amplifies the dreams and struggles of refugees who fled oppression only to find themselves trapped in another kind of cage. Their voices echoed in my brain long after the final page.' - Jessica Bruder, author of
'Map of Hope and Sorrow is not only urgent, it is riveting. Benedict and Awwadawnan's rare journalistic relationship allows them to partner with the people most affected by Western refugee policies and bring five intimate depictions to us with urgency, integrity, compassion, and even humor. These unflinching portraits of a pressing crisis remind us that we are never talking about borders or laws or news stories, but real people.' - Jessica Goudeau
'This meticulously reported, beautifully written book, is timely and important. People who had generations of memories of family life in peaceful streets or country villages, bucolic farms or sprawling olive groves fled their homes in the face of unspeakable violence, only to find themselves trapped on the cusp of Europe with no way to move forward or back. [It is] a story at once compelling, poetic and necessary.' - Masha Hamilton
'These heartfelt stories reveal the resilience of the human spirit as well as how the world has turned a blind eye to the suffering of not only Syrians, but other refugees, too.' - Fawaz Gerges
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