Such an incredible story The refugee crisis is so relevant, especially here in Germany, and it was eye opening to hear Nujeen s story of how she had to flee her country Syria in a wheelchair and how she settled here in Germany While being a fangirl of Days of Our Lives, hahah. Prize Winning Journalist And The Co Author Of Smash New York Times Bestseller I Am Malala, Christina Lamb, Now Tells The Inspiring True Story Of Another Remarkable Young Hero Nujeen Mustafa, A Teenager Born With Cerebral Palsy, Whose Harrowing Journey From War Ravaged Syria To Germany In A Wheelchair Is A Breathtaking Tale Of Fortitude, Grit, And Hope That Lends A Face To The Greatest Humanitarian Issue Of Our Time, The Syrian Refugee CrisisFor Millions Around The Globe, Sixteen Year Old Nujeen Mustafa Embodies The Best Of The Human Spirit Confined To A Wheelchair Because Of Her Cerebral Palsy And Denied Formal Schooling In Syria Because Of Her Illness, Nujeen Taught Herself English By Watching American Soap Operas When Her Small Town Became The Epicenter Of The Brutal Fight Between ISIS Militants And US Backed Kurdish Troops In , She And Her Family Were Forced To FleeDespite Her Physical Limitations, Nujeen Embarked On The Arduous Trek To Safety And A New Life The Grueling Sixteen Month Odyssey By Foot, Boat, And Bus Took Her Across Turkey And The Mediterranean To Greece, Through Macedonia To Serbia And Hungary, And Finally, To Germany Yet, In Spite Of The Tremendous Physical Hardship She Endured, Nujeen S Extraordinary Optimism Never Wavered Refusing To Give In To Despair Or See Herself As A Passive Victim, She Kept Her Head High As She Told A BBC Reporter, You Should Fight To Get What You Want In This World Nujeen S Positivity And Resolve Infuses This Unforgettable Story Of One Young Woman Determined To Make A Better Life For Herself Told By Acclaimed British Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb, Nujeen Is A Unique And Powerful Memoir That Gives Voice To The Syrian Refugee Crisis, Helping Us To Understand That The World Must Change And Offering The Inspiration To Make That Change Reality Nujeen este o persoan ambi ioas , z mbitoare, curajoas i de teapt , iar povestea ei este una interesant Recomand I am dat doar 3 stelu e, pentru c sunt cam multe informa ii despre politic , ocup nd pagini ntregi, acest aspect m a f cut s trag de carte aproape o s pt m n Mi ar fi pl cut s aflu mai multe despre Nujeen i ar fi fost pe placul meu dac aveam i c teva pagini cu poze din via a lui Nujeen, poze prezente n edi ia n limba englez , dar, c nd a fost publicat n rom n , s au pierdut i nu apar n carte. I think I was expecting of a memoir than history not that I dislike history It just wasn t what I expected I d like to finish it though.I went back and finished this one and decided it is a 2.5 maybe even a solid 3 star I really like Nujeen but truthfully it seems as though some of this may not be 100% true Maybe I m wrong Did anyone else get that feeling though Almost put it under written by the C.I.A but decided that would be going a bit too far.Let me know what others thought of this harrowing tale of escape across borders. I fell in love with Nujeen Mustafa, like many did, when Last Week Tonight host John Oliver used BBC interview clips of the teenage Syrian refugee at a way station on the Serbian Hungarian border as she traveled to Germany with her sister She was so sweet and optimistic despite her unimaginably difficult journey and experiences in the war torn homeland she d fled And she was so unabashedly in love with Days of Our Lives, it was impossible not to be charmed by her And at the same time, heartbroken for her separated from her parents, on the way to an unknown destination through difficult terrain in European countries that were often less than welcoming to the flood of refugees fleeing ISIS and war in the Middle East It s a situation incomprehensible for us in the West, and in the last years it s been the reality for thousands.Nujeen, a Kurd originally from Manbij in northern Syria, tells her story with eloquence and a wisdom that exceeds her years, plus a rare talent that many adults don t even have, of directly acknowledging her flaws and how she s trying to learn and grow It s clear she s had to grow up faster and differently than many her age, not only because of her life in the troubled Middle East but managing her physical struggles Born with cerebral palsy, she s confined to a wheelchair and tells in her memoir of the distance that disability created between her and other kids, even in her own family At the same time, it helped her illuminate a life of the mind instead Unable to easily leave her family s fifth floor apartment in Aleppo, she became a TV fanatic but a smart one, consuming documentaries on all kinds of topics but with a special preference for science, space and nature, and of course honing her English with the melodrama of Days.We learn a lot of what makes her tick she likes entrepreneurs Google s Sergey Brin, Apple s Steve Jobs and she doesn t like being deceived, whether that s by manipulated marketing or government propaganda It s in passages like these that so much of her exuberant, optimistic personality shines through, and like John Oliver said, she would enrich any country lucky enough to have her Her expression is certainly helped and shaped by co author Christina Lamb, the British journalist and foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times She s written extensively about current events in the Middle East and also collaborated with Malala Yousafzi on 2013 s I Am Malala Now living with two of her sisters in a suburb of Cologne and still awaiting her official asylum permission, Nujeen writes about new difficulties she faces, like the prejudice against refugees and the challenge of going to school after a lifetime of self education with TV documentaries at home But she s also had a lot of triumphs and been the recipient of small kindnesses shown to her and her sister, like a bag of chocolate from a German neighbor, or an iPad from fellow Days fans She s far adept than some people twice her age at taking the good with the bad, and making the best of situations that would ve broken others with her own brand of light, breezy philosophizing.When refugees began arriving on European shores, they were faceless Nujeen talks about this, pointing out the insensitivity of much of the language used to refer to them She forces us to confront this, and to see them individually, the same as everyone else It s not such a big request.I received an advance ebook copy for review courtesy of the publisher. I want to put this book into the hands of every politician on the planet Nujeen is the face and spirit of Syrians forced out of their homes The abuse and obstacles she and her sister faced as they met barrier after barrier in their search for peace and rest.Let us show that we can learn from our mistakes and that we can take pride in doing the right thing, which is seeing refugees as people with the right to live anywhere they want. Ich habe es als H rbuch geh rt Ein eindrucksvolles Buch, das meiner Meinung nach zu wenig Aufmerksamkeit erf hrt Ich kannte zwar viele der hier genannten Fakten schon, aber sie alle zusammengef hrt und mit Nujeens Lebensgeschichte verkn pft zu sehen, hat mir die Augen ge ffnet Es ist ein bewegendes, wichtiges und aktuelles Buch, das mir neue Einblicke in das Leben von Fl chtlingen gegeben hat und mich gelehrt hat, mehr zu verstehen Zudem war es mein erstes Buch ber eine Frau im Rollstuhl Es hat mich staunend zur ckgelassen, v.a in Anbetracht dessen, was sie durchgemacht hat Nujeen ist eine beeindruckende Person und ihre Geschichte ist nur eine von so vielen, die wir eigentlich alle h ren sollten. So Leid es mir tut, aber dieses Buch hat mir absolut nicht gefallen S mtliche Punkte, die das Buch zu einem guten Buch gemacht h tten, fehlen Es ist unpers nlich, auf die Beschreibung der zwischenmenschlichen Ebene wird komplett verzichtet, Hintergr nde werden einfach nicht erkl rt, sie beschreibt oberfl chlich, wie die Zust nde der Reise bzw Flucht waren aber das ist doch der Grund, wieso ich ein Buch zur Flucht eines M dchens lese und das ganze erscheint so distanziert, dass es auch ein Artikel in einer Zeitung sein k nnte.Was mich aber viel mehr gest rt hat, ist dass Nujeen es nicht gelingt, multiperspektivisch oder empathisch zu denken Sie beschwert sich ber blaue Flecken, die sie an ihren Unterarmen von den den Armst tzen ihres Rollstuhls hat, w hrend ihre Schwester sie im Rollstuhl durch Schlamm schieben soll, fremde Menschen sie Stundenlang ber Berge tragen, kreischt vor Vergn gen im Boot nach Lesbos bei jeder Welle auf, w hrend ihr Rollstuhl droht das Boot zu besch digen und ihnen allen der Tod n her ist als das Leben, sie ist beleidigt, wenn sie ihre Soap nicht gucken kann und macht ein riesen Aufstand darum, w hrend ihre Familie versucht, die Flucht zu planen und sich zu nformieren und Nujeen ist voller Vorurteile und Unverst ndnis anderen Menschen, Religionen und Kulturen gegen ber Ich gebe dem Buch nur deshalb nicht nur 1 Stern, weil dieses M dchen nat rlich schreckliches erlebt hat und auch erst 16 Jahre alt ist Das darf man weder untersch tzen noch unber cksichtigt lassen, aber literarisch ist dieses Buch wirklich schlecht in meinen Augen, ganz unabh ngig von ihrem Schicksal This memoir puts a different face on the Syrian refugee crisis Nujeen was born with cerebral palsy and has spent her life in a wheelchair She is a sixteen year old Kurdish girl and has very little formal education She taught herself English by watching U.S soap operas on television In 2014 her City, Koban, was the center of fighting between ISIS and the U.S backed Kurdish forces They escaped to Aleppo where they lived a few years and then fled to Turkey.Her sister Nisreen helped her and they fled to the island of Lesbos in Greece This is where Fegal Keane of the BBC interviewed her They traveled by ferry and bus to the Serbian Hungarian border they arrived as it was closed to the refugees This is where the BBC again interviewed her They had to then walk to Croatia and on to Germany The sisters finally reached Germany and were reunited with brother Bland and sister Nahda She has asked Germany for Asylum She is attending a special school for pupils with disabilities She states that Germany and the German people have been kind to her She is learning German and making friends Her parents remain in Turkey.This is an uplifting story Nujeen faced many dangers and met life with a positive attitude I have great admiration for her sister Nisreen who took care of her on the trip The memoir was written with Christine Lamb who also co wrote I am Malala The courage of both these young women is amazing The memoir is clearly written and the details from life in Aleppo to the trek to Germany are dramatic This is a must read book for everyone of all ages.Raghad Chaar does an excellent job narrating the story Chaar is an actress and producer She is a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and an audiobook narrator.
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