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The Lightless Sky - A Twelve-year-old Refugee's Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World

Gulwali Passarlay

A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival-of a twelve-year-old boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West-that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. "To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?" 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 would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror-and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games. In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis-the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy-and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.

A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival-of a twelve-year-old boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West-that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. "To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?" 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 would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror-and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games. In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis-the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy-and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.
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A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival-of a twelve-year-old boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West-that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time. "To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?" 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 would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror-and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games. In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis-the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy-and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Assaf Cohen, Susan Duerden

Length:

11h 43m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:45


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

33:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

37:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

58:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

39:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

24:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

12:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:03