The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay is a memoir that tells the story of Passarlay’s journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom. At the age of 12, Passarlay was sent by his father on a perilous journey across Europe to find safety in the UK. As he travels through several countries, including Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, Passarlay encounters numerous challenges and dangers, including violence, hunger, and exploitation. Along the way, he forms friendships with other refugees who are also fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. Despite the difficulties and setbacks he faces, Passarlay perseveres and eventually makes it to the UK, where he is placed in a foster home. However, his journey is far from over as he must navigate the complexities of assimilating into a new culture and dealing with trauma from his past. The Lightless Sky is a powerful and moving memoir that sheds light on the experiences of child refugees and the struggles they face on their journeys to safety. Passarlay’s story is a testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
The Lightless Sky – Audiobook Online By: Gulwali Passarlay
A gripping, inspiring and eye-opening memoir about bravery and survival – about a 12-year-old boy’s traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West – facing one of these crises The most shocking and devastating humanitarian of our time.
“There must be some sense in risking my life. Otherwise, what’s the point?”
In 2006, after his father was killed, Gulwali Passarlay was caught between the Taliban who wanted to recruit him and the Americans who wanted to use him. To protect her son, Gulwali’s mother sent him away. The search for safety will take the 12-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. During 12 months of suffering, Gulwali endured imprisonment, starvation, cruelty, brutality, loneliness and terror – and nearly drowned while crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually gaining asylum in the UK, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place in a top university and was selected to help carry the Olympic torch during the 2012 London Olympics.
In Sky Without Light, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a first-hand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis – displacement the worst of millions of men, women and children in generations. Very few people, like Gulwali, come to a country that offers freedom and opportunity. Celebrating courage and determination, Sky Without Light is the poignant story of an exceptional human being who today is a fervent supporter of democracy – and a reminder of our responsibility, to those who find themselves in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.
It is a wonderful book. I just can’t put it down. Everyone should read this. I am so grateful that Gulwali took the time and effort to share his story with me and all the other readers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
It is difficult for me to put into words how much this story has affected me. From understanding the difference between Islam and Pashtunawli to the ordeal of the plight of refugees from war-torn countries, I feel like I’ve gained a much deeper understanding through telling the story. Go back to Gulwali’s journey. Highly recommend this book to everyone. I would love to be able to visit this author and talk to him about his experiences and the future he envisions for himself. The best part is that he is only a few years older than my children.
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