Ghalib Shenu is a 13-year old boy of Kurdish origin who lives in Syria. He doesn’t want to leave his home, but Kobani has become too dangerous. His family has no choice but to leave everything behind and try for a new life elsewhere.
Together, they start out on a terrible journey that leads them through dark and dangerous places. Ghalib comes under fire, is caught in a tear-gas attack, experiences the wretched and hopeless life of a refugee camp, and he still has to face the perils of a voyage in a boat that is far from seaworthy.
Based on the experiences of real Syrian families, this is the story of bravery and solidarity in the face of despair.
Endorsed by Amnesty International (Ireland) as contributing to a better understanding of human rights and the values that underpin them.
(Sarah Webb, author and children’s books commentator, February 2017)