“In the Sea There are Crocodiles” by Fabio Geda

The full title of the book is “In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari” and is based on the life of a young boy from Afghanistan, who flees from his home from the Taliban in early 2000. In the following years he moves through several countries. Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece until he finally reaches Italy, where he finds a new home and life.

The story is remarkable and in light of the recent fugitive crisis in Europe even more significant. A lot of people in Europe see in all the, mostly, young men coming from war-torn countries in Africa and Asia a threat and they overlook the personal stories behind those people. Everyone of them has dreams and hopes and good reasons to go on that long and life-threatening journey.

Fabio Geda reminds you of those stories by telling one of them in a straight forward and unromantic way. I was very moved by his book.

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