Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees

by Caroline Moorehead

Picador USA | March 31, 2006 | Trade Paperback

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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Traveling for nearly two years and across four continents, Caroline Moorehead takes readers on a journey to understand why millions of people are forced to abandon their homes, possessions, and families in order to find a place where they may, quite literally, be allowed to live. Moorehead's experience living and working with refugees puts a human face on the news, providing unforgettable portraits of the refugees she meets in Cairo, Guinea, Sicily, Lebanon, England, Australia, Finland, and at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Human Cargo" changes our understanding of what it means to have and lose a place in the world, and reveals how the refugee "problem" is on a par with global crises such as terrorism and world hunger.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 397 pages, 8.14 × 6.62 × 0.74 in

Published: March 31, 2006

Publisher: Picador USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312425619

ISBN - 13: 9780312425616

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees

Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees

by Caroline Moorehead

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 397 pages, 8.14 × 6.62 × 0.74 in

Published: March 31, 2006

Publisher: Picador USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312425619

ISBN - 13: 9780312425616

About the Book

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Traveling for nearly two years and across four continents, Caroline Moorehead takes readers on a journey to understand why millions of people are forced to abandon their homes, possessions, and families in order to find a place where they may, quite literally, be allowed to live. Moorehead's experience living and working with refugees puts a human face on the news, providing unforgettable portraits of the refugees she meets in Cairo, Guinea, Sicily, Lebanon, England, Australia, Finland, and at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Human Cargo" changes our understanding of what it means to have and lose a place in the world, and reveals how the refugee "problem" is on a par with global crises such as terrorism and world hunger.

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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Traveling for nearly two years and across four continents, Caroline Moorehead takes readers on a journey to understand why millions of people are forced to abandon their homes, possessions, and families in order to find a place where they may, quite literally, be allowed to live. Moorehead's experience living and working with refugees puts a human face on the news, providing unforgettable portraits of the refugees she meets in Cairo, Guinea, Sicily, Lebanon, England, Australia, Finland, and at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Human Cargo" changes our understanding of what it means to have and lose a place in the world, and reveals how the refugee "problem" is on a par with global crises such as terrorism and world hunger.

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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 Finland.
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 migrants?
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.

Editorial Reviews

"Unflinching in her reportage, Moorehead purposefully illuminates the suffering endured by refugees and all the travesties, paradoxes, and tragedies engendered by the failure to act on their behalf."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"ÝMoorehead¨ knows how to grip the reader's attention and haunt their dreams. . . . ÝShe¨ is unafraid to look into the darkest corners of the world and make us want to look too."--"Daily Telegraph"
"The breadth of Moorehead's reporting is impressive, the intimate glimpses of struggle and resilience indelible."--"O" magazine
"Humane and touching . . . Moorehead puts a human face on this determined population."--"The Star-Ledger" (Newark)