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This book also does a great job of tracing back the beginning of the war in Syria to small events and shows how little things can add up to make a huge difference in international politics. To see what your friends thought of this book. I was hesitant to read this book, but I'm glad I did. Information at is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent. Margie Lafferty, See all 5 questions about A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea…. Kudos to Doaa for her resiliency. Wow. Doaa's story itself is heartbreaking and deserves to be told, there is no doubt about it. Privacy Policy. But their boat, full of 500 refugees, is attacked and left to capsize in the Mediterranean. A multigenerational story about two families bound together by the tides of history. It is an amazing story that really explains what is happening in Syria. I told one remarkable refugee story on the TED stage: “By the end of 2014, UNHCR would record close to 60 million forcibly displaced people, 8 million more than in the previous year. And, have any bookclubs read this book and if so, any good discussion points you can share? But this nonfiction piece hit home. But the writing was terrible. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel The journey of Doaa (and her family) is amazing and heart wrenching. Search String: Summary | How and can you share any examples? ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea’ is a revealing insider story of a nineteen-year-old Syrian refugee - Doaa Al Zamel. They press us into empathy. elissa Fleming, chief spokesperson of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has clearly been tussling with the questions that those who work with refugees tend to ask a lot. ), somehow, but maybe, just maybe, parts of this book come from a combination of stories. Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is an unbelievable story of incredible strength. "More than anything else, this is a testimonial to the very definition of heroism - when, that is, an ordinary person responds in extraordinary ways to extraordinary events." That is the word that still echoes in my head a half hour after reading her story. It's heartbreaking. The tragedy is real and harrowing, and the narrative moves with a steady drumbeat towards its horrific conclusion. Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has clearly been tussling with the questions that those who work with refugees tend to ask a lot. LIBRARY. We’d love your help. Definitely a great read for those of us in the West who have been sitting this one out on the sidelines; we owe it to everyone who has drowned crossing the Mediterranean or been shot by their own government to listen to their stories, at the very least. Perhaps no one knows the meaning of resilience more than Doaa Al Zamel. And so they crash through our barriers of indifference. Doaa and her family leave war-torn Syria for Egypt where the climate is becoming politically unstable and increasingly dangerous. Such a powerful, heartbreaking story. I was a Goodread winner for this book. A harrowing insight into the trauma that pushes refugees to flee their homes and the horrors they suffer in doing so. It's a story that I think everyone needs to hear. They're incredible survivors. At other times these asides shade into the kind of rhetoric that few would disagree with, but whose simplicity is perhaps more suited to social media than a book: “No person fleeing conflict or persecution should have to die trying to reach safety.”. Last modified on Sat 14 Apr 2018 13.54 EDT. As peaceful protesters are shot on the streets and tanks roll into her city, eventually she and her family decide to leave their homeland. This book is written by the chief spokesperson for the UNHCR and is also an interesting insight into the work. There is no way I can even comprehend such a horrific act. For they have borne witness to the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees like Doaa. Read this book, be inspired and heartbroken by Doaa's story, and remember to never lump a group of people into one category just because it's the easiest thing to do. How can we encourage more people to see refugees as individuals? I know students and friends with these names. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99, The miraculous tale of a Syrian refugee rescued from the waves loses its power in the telling. "I think that the most vulnerable people on earth are also the most resilient people on earth. (Thankfully not the boat escape)I'm learning so much from them and their resilience is amazing just like Doaa's in the book. Suggest a Title. Very sad and depressing, but this book taught me to thank God for what he has given me and be grateful. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea chronicles the life of Doaa, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country's brutal civil war. Melissa Fleming takes dozens of hours of interviews a well as other primary resources surrounding Doaa’s life and her ordeal in the Mediterranean Sea in order to make the point that not only is this suffering happening, that we are all criminally negligent (my wording) in our overall lack of response and follow through to this humanitarian need. Other Resources. I am in awe of the coura. There is no moment in which you feel Zamel standing beside you, speaking in your ear. If the bricks and mortar of the fallen cities of Syria, the grains of sand on the beaches of Egypt and the water of the Mediterranean could speak, this is one of the stories they might tell. ", Today, Thanksgiving in the USA, I do realize how much I have for which to be thankful. I lead communications for the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and one of the world's experts on refugees. Melissa Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian refugee in search of a better life. I cannot imagine what it would be like to live in fear every day and the horror of everything this family has had to endure. What a shocking story. I don't know how else to describe it. I highly suggest this book to everyone!!!! Sadly, oh so sadly, the world pretty much turned it's back on the Holocaust, and we just don't seem to learn lessons from history. - Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York "This book amply demonstrates why she has since become a symbol of hope for other refugees. Today, Thanksgiving in the USA, I do realize how much I have for which to be thankful. Because the suffering and despair that push refugees to flee their homes and risk their lives can only be tremendous, it is expected that a book memorializing the story of one such woman must be harrowing. and 2) there will have to be three attempts and maybe they will make it on the third attempt, because that's the magic number in thriller films and books and yes, of course, there are three attempts but I won't say who makes it and who doesn't. All rights reserved. Given the vital nature of this enterprise, I would love to be able to say that this is a book that demands to be read. January 24th 2017 Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. I don't want to call it inspiring, because it's horrifying and I don't think we should glorify suffering or somehow legitimize what Doaa went through as a thing to be aspired to - but that does not mean that Doaa's inimitable spirit and determination to find a different life aren't incredibly uplifting, especially considering the circumstances. Emotionally riveting and eye-opening, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is the incredible story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit. LEGAL. How can we ensure that refugees are treated in a way that recognises our shared humanity? Welcome back. Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. If you give them a little bit - and that's all their asking, not just shelter and food, but the dignity of being able to restart their lives - and you have a very powerful group of people who are interested in peace, they're interested in going back and rebuilding their country and contributing to where they are. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published This book is hard to read because of the difficult circumstances of Doaa, and so many modern refugees. To order a copy for £14.44 go to or call 0330 333 6846. How can we ensure that refugees are treated in a way that recognises our shared humanity. by Flatiron Books, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival. I had to double check Goodreads to make sure I hadn't checked out a book intended for a Young Adult audience- I hadn't. She must not lose hope. that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, There is no emotion behind the writing; it's almost cold. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing Al Zamel's inspiring and illuminating story to the page." When Bassem buys rat poison to kill himself because Dooa won't marry him, and Dooa's mother takes it away from Bassem then has a nervous breakdown over the whole issue, I was thinking maybe this did happen somewhere (Telemundo? I wish this had been told by Doaa herself rather in third person - it feels a little disingenuous to have such a narrative told through the filter of a Western autho. At the beginning of the book, we meet Zamel’s large and pleasant family, hear about her ambitions to be educated, and learn why she supports the fledgling revolution.

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