A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

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Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight-just debris from the ship's wreckage and floating corpses all around-nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel floats with a small inflatable water ring around her waist and clutches two children, barely toddlers, to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa's arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Sweden and a new life. For days, Doaa floats, prays, and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for these children. She must not lose hope. Doaa Al Zamel was once an average Syrian girl growing up in a crowded house in a bustling city near the Jordanian border. But in 2011, her life was upended. Inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, Syrians began to stand up against their own oppressive regime. When the army was sent to take control of Doaa's hometown, strict curfews, power outages, water shortages, air raids, and violence disrupted everyday life. After Doaa's father's barbershop was destroyed and rumors of women being abducted spread through the community, her family decided to leave Syria for Egypt, where they hoped to stay in peace until they could return home. Only months after their arrival, the Egyptian government was overthrown and the environment turned hostile for refugees. In the midst of this chaos, Doaa falls in love with a young opposition fighter who proposes marriage and convinces her to flee to the promise of safety and a better future in Europe. Terrified and unable to swim, Doaa and her young fiance hand their life savings to smugglers and board a dilapidated fishing vessel with five hundred other refugees, including a hundred children. After four horrifying days at sea, another ship, filled with angry men shouting insults, rams into Doaa's boat, sinking it and leaving the passengers to drown. That is where Doaa's struggle for survival really begins
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2018]
Edition: First Flatiron Books paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250106001
1250106001
Branch Call Number: BIO Al Zamel, D 2018
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Stanton, Brandon - Interviewee

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lindahartm52
Aug 05, 2018

Syrian conflict beginnings in 2011, family's extraordinary and horrific experience of leaving Syria and becoming refugees

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cardigramma
Mar 26, 2018

This woman's story had the potential to be incredible. The events she lived through were harrowing. Unfortunately, the writing was poor, very basic sentence structure and very dry.

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rlemms
Oct 19, 2017

Hard to put this book down! I found it to be an easy and fairly quick read, but gripping, very eye opening and heartbreaking. An insteresting story of a young woman and her experience living in and escape from war torn Syria.

kmscows Jun 30, 2017

A devastating story of Syrian refugees fleeing their beloved war-torn home and aching to go back to their country at any cost, including death.

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