New odysseyAn eye-opener of a book, an important and enlightening book to read for people like myself who did not totally grasp what is happening with the refugee crisis. Written by Patrick Kingsley, the migration correspondent for the London Guardian, the book reads like adventure fiction with people smugglers, deadly treks through the Saharan Desert, and dinghies overly packed with refugees floating through the seas to their deaths-except it is all true. 

Kingsley’s eyewitness reporting shows how deplorable their current conditions are and why they must leave their countries in the Middle East and Africa and equally how horrendous is the journey to find a future in European countries. There is a story of one specific refugee whom Kingsley often accompanies as he flees his native Syria which kept me wondering and hoping that he would make his destination out of such unimaginable adversity. This is an easy to understand and compelling book. What surprised me was how well educated many of the people are and how similar their lives are to ours except they live without any hope for themselves and families in their home countries wrecked by political chaos. A very humane and compassionate writing of a catastrophic crisis that does not appear to be abating.

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