OVERRIDE

Human Cargo

A Journey Among Refugees

Caroline Moorehead

Picador

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year
 
In Human Cargo, Caroline Moorehead takes readers on a journey to understand why millions of people are 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—recent UN estimates suggest that their numbers approach 20 million—few grasp the scale of their presence. Moorehead's experience living and working with refugees puts a human face on the news, providing indelible portraits of not only refugees but also the countries from which they fled, as well as those that host them, the men and women who help them, and, finally, those who have not.

Moorehead has traveled for nearly two years and across four continents to bring us these unforgettable stories. In prose that is at once affecting and informative, she introduces us 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. Among others, we learn about Salaam, an Iraqi Catholic persecuted by Saddam Hussein's regime, and his struggle to reach San Diego through Mexico with his sister; and Mary, a fifty-year-old American who works with the International Rescue Committee in Guinea to provide schooling for refugees from Iran who escaped a Tehran prison to establish a trauma center in England for victims of torture. Moorehead illustrates why the "problem" of 20 million people stuck in limbo—unable to work, educate their children, or otherwise contribute to society—is on a par with global crises such as terrorism and world hunger.

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Praise for Human Cargo

"Unflinching in her reportage, Moorehead purposefully illuminates the suffering endured by refugees and all the travesties, paradoxes, and tragedies engendered by the failure to act on their behalf."--Booklist (starred review)

"[Moorehead] knows how to grip the reader's attention and haunt their dreams. . . . [She] is unafraid to look into the darkest corners of the world and make us want to look too."--Daily Telegraph

"The breadth of Moorehead's reporting is impressive, the intimate glimpses of struggle and resilience indelible."--O magazine

"Humane and touching . . . Moorehead puts a human face on this determined population."--The Star-Ledger (Newark)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Caroline Moorehead

  • Caroline Moorehead is the author of Gellhorn, and has been a columnist covering human rights for two British newspapers. She has worked directly with African refugees in Cairo in recent years. She lives in London.
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Human Cargo

A Journey Among Refugees

Caroline Moorehead

ALA Notable Books - Winner, National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee

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