The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee's Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World by Gulwali Passarlay

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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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ISBN : 0062443879
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Tariq rated it ★★★★★

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...

Joyce rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2017

Since reading Of Beetles and Angels my heart and mind have been opened to the plight of refugees. This story told in the perspective of a 12 year old boy fleeing Afghanistan tells a story about a boy being thrust into adulthood being smuggled across the Middle East and Europe to ensure he has a c...

Mike rated it ★★★★★

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...

Kaelan (Κάϊλαν) rated it ★★★★★

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...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

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...

Emi rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

February 25, 2018

A moving and very emotional journey of Gulwali from his home country of Afghanistan to the UK. I was drawn in from the first sentence and the book really opened my eyes to what horrific situations refugees go through, especially reading about the unbearable conditions of the camp is Calais. It re...

N. rated it ★★★★★

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...

Graham rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Donna rated it ★★★★☆

April 23, 2017

Four stars because the book was an engaging account of life in a powerful Afghani family and what happens when that power is taken away. Much of the story is about the selfishness, greed, and cruelty of immigration smugglers. I was disappointed in the author's judgement and blame of the United St...

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