A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

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Emotionally riveting and eye-opening, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is the incredible story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Melissa Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian refugee in search of a better life. Doaa and her family leave war-torn Syria for Egypt where the climate is becoming politically unstable and increasingly dangerous. She meets and falls in love with Bassem, a former Free Syrian Army fighter and together they decide to leave behind the hardship and harassment they face in Egypt to flee for Europe, joining the ranks of the thousands of refugees who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean on overcrowded and run-down ships to seek asylum overseas and begin a new life. After four days at sea, their boat is sunk by another boat filled with angry men shouting threats and insults. With no land in sight and surrounded by bloated, floating corpses, Doaa is adrift with a child’s inflatable water ring around her waist, while two little girls cling to her neck. Doaa must stay alive for them. She must not lose strength. She must not lose hope.


About Melissa Fleming

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Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and one of the world’s experts on refugees. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington post, CNN and NPR. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is her first book.
Published January 24, 2017 by Flatiron Books. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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