Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees

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Macmillan, Mar 3, 2005 - History - 330 pages
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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.

 

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Moorehead has been a human rights columnist in Britain and an activist working with refugees and internally displaced persons for many years. She has traveled widely to crisis spots on most continents ... Read full review

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Looking forward to this book as it seems to seek out refugees shortly after they leave their home country and wind up in various places. Starts with the Liberians in Cairo; very interesting! Read full review

Contents

A Refugee Story
1
The Homeless and the Rightless
27
Sicilys Boat People
49
The Migrants of San Diego and Tijuana
71
Australia and the Policy of Mandatory Detention
97
Newcastle and the Politics of Dispersal
132
Guineas Longterm Camps
158
The Naqba and the Palestinians of Lebanon
186
The Dinkas of Oulu
278
A Mode of Being
295
Sources
307
Acknowledgments
313
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A distinguished biographer, Caroline Moorehead has served as a columnist on human rights for two British newspapers. More recently, she has worked directly with refugees by helping to establish a variety of services for African refugees in Cairo. She is the author of Gellhorn (0-8050-7696-4) and lives in London.

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