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From the Publisher
Human smuggling is now said to have an annual turnover of over $7
billion - more than revenue from smuggling drugs. Caroline
Moorehead''s important new book looks at ''human cargo'' from
Afghanistan, Liberia, Palestine and many other places. She has
visited war zones, camps, prisons - and the black Dinka families
from the Sudan who were re-settled north of the Arctic Circle in
She follows the fate of 57 young member of the Mandingo tribe, who
fled ethnic cleansing and ended up happily in America via Egypt.
She is shown the graves in Sicily of drowned boat people, and
examines the fence that has been built across Texas and into the
sea to keep migrants out of America. She has interviewed emigration
officials in Australia and members of the United Nations High
Commission for Refugees in Geneva. Is there a valid distinction
between ''good'' asylum seekers and ''bad'' economic
What happens to those whose applications are turned down? The
difficult questions are asked, the horrible issues faced. But,
above all, Human Cargo celebrates the courage,
cheerfulness and will to survive of ordinary human beings.