The Lightless Sky

A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee's Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World
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Product Number: DD25141
Released: Jan 05, 2016
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ISBN: #9781504716987
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A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survivalA??of a twelve-year-old boyA??s traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the WestA??that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. A??To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?A? 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, GulwaliA??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 terrorA??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 crisisA??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 democracyA??and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.

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Author(s): Gulwali Passarlay
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Released: Jan 05, 2016
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Publisher: HarperAudio
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Author(s): Gulwali Passarlay
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Released: Jan 05, 2016
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"Narrator Assaf Cohen so perfectly captures the voice of an expressive kid that it's hard to remember he isn't the author of this enthralling memoir. Gulwali Passarlay, now grown, recounts the story of his journey from Afghanistan to Europe when he was 12. Starting aboard a sinking boat in the Mediterranean, we flash back to the beginning of Gulwali's adventure. The author had a happy childhood in a conservative family until the murder of his father and grandfather propelled him and his brother to flee their home and head to Greece with a "fixer." When the brothers lose each other, Gulwali survives on his wits and the kindness of strangers. Cohen nails both the nasty and nice characters--everyone from Kurd to Englishman--and brings moving expression to Gulwali's growing confidence amid enough terrors for a lifetime. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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