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The lightless sky: my journey to safety as a child refugee

The lightless sky: my journey to safety as a child refugee

Passarlay, Gulwali, author; Ghouri, Nadene, 1975- author

Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of 12, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army for hiding Taliban fighters. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali began a 12 month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty, brutality, nearly drowning in a tiny boat on the Mediterranean. Somehow he survived, and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a boy of 12. Here in Britain he was fostered, sent to a good school, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. He wants to tell his story - to bring to life the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who risk their lives to leave behind the troubles of their homelands

Book. English.
Published London: Atlantic Books, 2016
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Gulwali Passarlay with Nadene Ghouri
ISBN: 1782398473, 9781782398479
Note: Originally published: 2015.
Physical Description: 365 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour), map (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Refugees Great Britain.; Passarlay, Gulwali.; Refugees Afghanistan.; Biography.; Afghans Great Britain Biography.

Author note

Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan as a young boy, fleeing the conflict that had claimed his father's life. Now twenty-one years old, he is set to graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in Social Science. Gulwali is a member of many prestigious political, aid, and youth groups. In 2012 he was invited to carry the Olympic torch.

Reviews

An extraordinary man - achieving against all odds
Twitter||Riveting
The Bookseller||[A] powerful account of a year-long journey to Britain... As a call for Europe and Britain to do more for the world's refugees, the book is as powerful as that harrowing picture of the dead toddler on the beach.
The Times||This is a harrowing but necessary must-read about an exceptional young man.
Stylist||The Lightless Sky is a heart-rending read that illuminates the plight of unaccompanied minors forced to leave their homes and loved ones. [Passarlay's] fierce intelligence is apparent throughout... His powerful account is a testament to the courage of all those fleeing conflict in search of safety.
The Independent on Sunday||Beautifully written... It should be required reading in British schools.
The Big Issue||A Book of the Year
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