Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey From War-torn Syria In A Wheelchair

Paperback | October 11, 2016

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Prize-winning journalist and the co-author of smash New York Times bestseller I Am Malala, Christina Lamb, now tells the inspiring true story of another remarkable young hero: Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, whose harrowing journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitude, grit, and hope that lends a face to the greatest humanitarian issue of our time, the Syrian refugee crisis.

For millions around the globe, sixteen-year-old Nujeen Mustafa embodies the best of the human spirit. Confined to a wheelchair because of her cerebral palsy and denied formal schooling in Syria because of her illness, Nujeen taught herself English by watching American soap operas. When her small town became the epicenter of the brutal fight between ISIS militants and US-backed Kurdish troops in 2014, she and her family were forced to flee.

Despite her physical limitations, Nujeen embarked on the arduous trek to safety and a new life. The grueling sixteen-month odyssey by foot, boat, and bus took her across Turkey and the Mediterranean to Greece, through Macedonia to Serbia and Hungary, and finally, to Germany. Yet, in spite of the tremendous physical hardship she endured, Nujeen's extraordinary optimism never wavered. Refusing to give in to despair or see herself as a passive victim, she kept her head high. As she told a BBC reporter, "You should fight to get what you want in this world."

Nujeen's positivity and resolve infuses this unforgettable story of one young woman determined to make a better life for herself. Told by acclaimed British foreign correspondent Christina Lamb, Nujeen is a unique and powerful memoir that gives voice to the Syrian refugee crisis, helping us to understand that the world must change—and offering the inspiration to make that change reality.

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Prize-winning journalist and the co-author of smash New York Times bestseller I Am Malala, Christina Lamb, now tells the inspiring true story of another remarkable young hero: Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, whose harrowing journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitud...

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Prizewinning journalist and coauthor of the smash New York Times bestseller I Am Malala Christina Lamb now tells the inspiring true story of another remarkable young hero: Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, whose harrowing journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitude, g...

Christina Lamb received a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University. She has been a foreign correspondent for more than 20 years, living in Pakistan, Brazil and South Africa first for the Financial Times then the Sunday Times. She has received numerous awards including Young Journalist of the Year in the Briti...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nujeen Picked this title up among others while in Kelowna for a short break. It is an inspirational read about a determined, intelligent young woman who was fortunate to gain asylum in the West after fleeing the horrors of ongoing conflict in her country. She is passionate about her own people, the Kurds, who have been oppressed and persecuted not only in Syria, but in Iraq as well. However, I found her to be insensitive towards other minorities and even other faiths. I believe it's on page 194 where she refers to Shias a polytheists - misinformed, and the sister refers to Christians as "Idiots" when there is a mention the Holy Trinity. Very inappropriate for in individual from an oppressed minority. Does not display tolerance.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nujeen Picked this title up among others while in Kelowna for a short break. It is an inspirational read about a determined, intelligent young woman who was fortunate to gain asylum in the West after fleeing the horrors of ongoing conflict in her country. She is passionate about her own people, the Kurds, who have been oppressed and persecuted not only in Syria, but in Iraq as well. However, I found her to be insensitive towards other minorities and even other faiths. I believe it's on page 194 where she refers to Shias a polytheists - misinformed, and the sister refers to Christians as "Idiots" when there is a mention the Holy Trinity. Very inappropriate for in individual from an oppressed minority. Does not display tolerance.
Date published: 2016-10-17

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“This story of Nujeen, amazing young woman and Syrian refugee, reminds the world that refugees, just like others, have aspirations and dreams for peace, education, and a better society. Nujeen inspires me to dream without limits. She is our hero. Everyone must read her story. She will inspire you.”