THE BOY WHO COULD SWIM
The novel is a work of literary fiction based on interviews with refugees in Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece and France.
The novel opens in Afghanistan, where a young boy, Yakup, is forced to flee his family and home due to conflict and a deadly clash between two warlords. He engages in a dangerous journey out of Afghanistan towards Europe, where he is met by a different reality than he had wished for.
There has rarely been a more pertinent time to tell the story of a refugee. More than 60 million people are displaced around the world. The borders of the European Union are being fortified while refugees search for access to the promised continent via ever more dangerous routes. Not a day goes by without stories in the international press about new deaths, new arrivals, border crossings, integration challenges and so forth.
"The Boy Who Could" swim will bring the reader on the refugee's journey and give us a better understanding of refugees, their sentiments and predicaments, the dangers and challenges, hopes and dreams. This is a human story.
Available in 2017.
See the photo gallery "Refugees" for more on the topic.