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The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee's Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World

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Zusatztext " The Lightless Sky is a remarkably vivid memoir [that] leaves you fearing for Gulwali's safety and admiring his utterly tenacious resolve against overwhelming odds; but at the same time it is also a fearsome reminder of the experiences being endured by numberless! anonymous migrants." Informationen zum Autor Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan as a young boy, fleeing the conflict that had claimed his father's life. After an extraordinarily tortuous journey across eight countries, Gulwali arrived in the United Kingdom a year later and has most recently devoted his new life to education. Now twenty-one years old, he is set to graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in politics. Gulwali is a member of many prestigious political, aid, and youth groups, each a stepping-stone to his ultimate goal: to run for the presidency of Afghanistan. Klappentext After his father and grandfather were killed by U.S. troops for allegedly cooperating with the Taliban, Gulwali Passarlay fled Afghanistan with his brother in the middle of the night, with only a hastily packed rucksack and little more than 200 dollars in his pocket. He was twelve years old, and this is his story. The first book to tell the modern refugee crisis from a firsthand perspective, The Lightless Sky is an unforgettable chronicle of Gulwali's yearlong odyssey from Afghanistan to England, during which he traveled more than 12,000 miles, escaped internment in Turkey and Bulgaria, and negotiated passage with shadowy agents in the smuggling trade. Told in unflinching and memorable detail, The Lightless Sky is at once an utterly absorbing personal history and a stunning testament to the power of the human spirit; the triumph of faith, courage, and determination; and the undeniable universal right to life, liberty, and security of person. Zusammenfassung A gripping! inspiring! and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survivalof a twelve-year-old boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the Westthat puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for? In 2006! after his father was killed! Gulwali Passarlay was caught between the Taliban who wanted to recruit him! and the Americans who wanted to use him. To protect her son! Gulwali's mother sent him away. The search for safety would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries! from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months! Gulwali endured imprisonment! hunger! cruelty! brutality! loneliness! and terrorand nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England! Gulwali was sent to a good school! learned English! won a place at a top university! and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games. In The Lightless Sky ! Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisisthe worst displacement of millions of men! women! and children in generations. Few! like Gulwali! make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination! The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracyand a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control. ...

The Lightless Sky is a remarkably vivid memoir [that] leaves you fearing for Gulwali's safety and admiring his utterly tenacious resolve against overwhelming odds; but at the same time it is also a fearsome reminder of the experiences being endured by numberless, anonymous migrants.

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Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan as a young boy, fleeing the conflict that had claimed his father’s life. After an extraordinarily tortuous journey across eight countries, Gulwali arrived in the United Kingdom a year later and has most recently devoted his new life to education. Now twenty-one years old, he is set to graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in politics. Gulwali is a member of many prestigious political, aid, and youth groups, each a stepping-stone to his ultimate goal: to run for the presidency of Afghanistan.



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After his father and grandfather were killed by U.S. troops for allegedly cooperating with the Taliban, Gulwali Passarlay fled Afghanistan with his brother in the middle of the night, with only a hastily packed rucksack and little more than 200 dollars in his pocket. He was twelve years old, and this is his story.

The first book to tell the modern refugee crisis from a firsthand perspective, The Lightless Sky is an unforgettable chronicle of Gulwali’s yearlong odyssey from Afghanistan to England, during which he traveled more than 12,000 miles, escaped internment in Turkey and Bulgaria, and negotiated passage with shadowy agents in the smuggling trade. Told in unflinching and memorable detail, The Lightless Sky is at once an utterly absorbing personal history and a stunning testament to the power of the human spirit; the triumph of faith, courage, and determination; and the undeniable universal right to life, liberty, and security of person.



Résumé

A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival—of a twelve-year-old boy’s traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West—that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time.

“To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?”

In 2006, after his father was killed, Gulwali Passarlay was caught between the Taliban who wanted to recruit him, and the Americans who wanted to use him. To protect her son, Gulwali’s mother sent him away. The search for safety would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror—and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games.

In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis—the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy—and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.

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Titre: The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee's Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World
Sous-titre: A Twelve Year Old Refugee s Extraordinary Journey Across Half the
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Code EAN: 9780062443892
ISBN: 0062443895
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: HARPER ONE
nombre de pages: 368
Poids: 291g
Taille: H203mm x B131mm x T27mm
Année: 2017