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“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.
|Title||:||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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February 04, 2016
This journey makes you think, just how lucky you are, how privileged and how resourceful. And its all because you happened to be born in a particular culture. Its all down to a mere chance of birth. Its not how you were conceived, its where you were born and you did not have anything to do with i...
November 10, 2015
This is a terrific book, gripping and extremely moving. The last chapters will have you reaching for whatever your equivalent of a tissue box is.
As 12-year-old Gulwali makes his way from Afghanistan to England (at the insistence of his mother, who doesn't want him to become another victim in the...
January 04, 2016
Gulwali's story is one that one that everyone should read both because it's so extraordinary and because the stressful and often frightening situation of refugees is now becoming even more relevant with the recent Syria crisis. The Lightless Sky is the chance to step into someone else's shoes and...
July 03, 2017
There's very little I can add to this thread of reviews that hasn't already been mentioned. However, If I could say two things to aid someone who's read this book then it would be this:
1. Get clued up on the politics and policies of your country. I'm taking a hardline stand on this because it's p...
January 16, 2016
When I first encountered Gulwali, I just thought him as an extremely bright student who loved to engage in lectures. Who knew that this boy in my Politics of Development class had faced and overcame such great obstacles that I could only ever imagine as fictional? I literally had to constantly re...
February 16, 2016
This book is well worth reading to enable you to put yourself into the shoes of the refugees now desperately fleeing Syria.
A mother loses her husband in war-torn Afghanistan and realises that her sons will be killed unless they leave the country. She pays 'agents' and her sons embark upon a trau...
March 12, 2016
Wow. Wow. Wow. (Hey, three "wows"!) This book was exceptional. Would you like to have a first-hand account of what it is like to be a refugee desperately trying to survive and get somewhere safe? Would you like to understand why all those refugees are fleeing and trying to make it places some wou...
September 30, 2016
Eye-opening. Many questions were answered on how people-trafficking is made possible. It sheds light on the culture shock that a 12 year old boy from a religious background would face, going from a house where he is the little king and can boss his female relatives around, to being helped by fema...
June 29, 2016
Important story, but ultimately the details start to sound like any other refugee-heading-to-safety story.
June 06, 2017
This is a true story about a 12 year old Afghan boy who is sent by his mother out of the country to head for Europe and safety when the Taliban start targeting him for forced membership and his mom feels he’s in danger. This is Gulwali’s story of his year spent traveling and waiting at the mercy...