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The new odyssey : the story of the twenty-first-century refugee crisis

Kingsley, Patrick (author.).

Summary: "On the day of his son's fourteenth birthday, Hashem al-Souki lay somewhere in the Mediterranean, crammed in a wooden dinghy. His family was relatively safe--at least for the time being--in Egypt, where they had only just settled after fleeing their war-torn Damascus home three years prior. Traversing these unforgiving waters and the treacherous terrain that would follow was worth the slim chance of securing a safe home for his children in Sweden. If he failed, at least he would fail alone. Hashem's story is tragically common, as desperate victims continue to embark on deadly journeys in search of freedom. Tracking the harrowing experiences of these brave refugees, The New Odyssey finally illuminates the shadowy networks that have facilitated the largest forced exodus since the end of World War II. The Guardian's first-ever migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley has traveled through seventeen countries to put an indelible face on this overwhelming disaster. Embedding himself alongside the refugees, Kingsley reenacts their flight with hundreds of people across the choppy Mediterranean in the hopes of better understanding who helps or hinders their path to salvation. From the starving migrants who push through sandstorms with children strapped to their backs to the exploitive criminals who prey on them, from the smugglers who dangerously stretch the limits of their cargo space to the volunteers who uproot their own lives to hand out water bottles--what emerges is a kaleidoscope of humanity in the wake of tragedy. By simultaneously tracing the narrative of Hashem, who endured the trek not once but twice, Kingsley memorably creates a compassionate, visceral portrait of the mass migration in both its epic scope and its heartbreaking specificity. Exposing the realities of this modern-day odyssey as well as the moral shortcomings evident in our own indifference, the result is a crucial call to arms and an unprecedented exploration of a world we too often choose not to know."--Dust jacket.

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  • ISBN: 1631492551
  • ISBN: 9781631492556
  • Physical Description: xiii, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017.

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General Note:
First published: The new odyssey : the story of Europe's refugee crisis, 2016.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A birthday interrupted -- The second sea -- Trading in souls -- SOS -- Shipwreck -- Promised land? -- Between the woods and the water -- To Sweden? -- A gate clangs shut -- Status pending -- Epilogue: What happened next? -- A message from Hashem al-Souki.
Subject: Refugees Europe 2010-2020
Refugees Europe Social conditions
Refugees Social conditions
Refugees Europe 2010-2020
Refugees Europe Social conditions

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