Human Cargo by Caroline Moorehead
A Journey Among Refugees

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An arresting portrait of the lives of today's refugees and a searching look into their future

The word refugee is more often used to invoke a problem than it is to describe a population of millions of people forced to abandon their homes, possessions, and families in order to find a place where they may, quite literally, be allowed to live. In spite of the fact that refugees surround us-the latest UN estimates suggest that 20 million of the world's 6.3 billion people are refugees-few can grasp the scale of their presence or the implications of their growing numbers.

Caroline Moorehead has traveled for nearly two years and across four continents to bring us their unforgettable stories. In prose that is at once affecting and informative, we are introduced to the men, women, and children she meets as she travels to Cairo, Guinea, Sicily, the U.S./Mexico border, Lebanon, England, Australia, and Finland. She explains how she came to work and for a time live among refugees, and why she could not escape the pressing need to understand and describe the chain of often terrifying events that mark their lives. Human Cargo is a work of deep and subtle sympathy that completely alters our understanding of what it means to have and lose a place in the world.


About Caroline Moorehead

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The author of numerous biographies and works of history, including Gellhorn and Human Cargo, Caroline Moorehead has also written for The Telegraph, The Times, and The Independent. The cofounder of a legal advice center for asylum seekers from Africa, she divides her time between England and Italy.
Published April 1, 2007 by Henry Holt and Co.. 434 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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But she evokes refugees’ chaotic and miserable conditions with searing power, as in this description of Cairo: “Wherever the buildings are most derelict, the electricity supplies most sporadic, the water least reliable, there the refugees live.” A compassionate and sterling chronicler rescues fro...

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Human Cargo by Caroline Moorehead Chatto & Windus £12.99, pp324 At 9am on New Year's Day 2002, Suleiman Dialo, an asylum seeker from Guinea, jumped from Redheugh Bridge in Newcastle, fell 100 feet on to the towpath below and died instantly.

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Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees by Caroline Moorehead 336pp, Chatto, £12.99 In the aftermath of the second world war, the world seemed to wake up to the persecution of the Jews and other minorities under the Nazi regime.

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