Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees

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Human Cargo is a remarkable oral testament.Caroline Moorehead has visited war zones, camps and prisons from Guinea and Afghanistan to Texas and Italy. She has interviewed emigration officials and members of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva while investigating the fates of the 17 million people currently displaced from their homes.

How can society cope with this diaspora of the twenty-first century? Is there a difference between 'good' asylum seekers and 'bad' economic migrants? What happens to those whose applications are turned down? The difficult questions are asked, the horrible issues faced. But, above all, Human Cargo celebrates the courage and will to survive shown by ordinary human beings.

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"'Strong in its condemnations and unflinching in its gaze, Human Cargo is also, mercifully, rich in humanity and examples of the indomitable nature of the human spirit.' Independent on Sunday"

"Read this compelling and important book" ( Scotsman)

"Wide-ranging, generous and humane" ( Irish Times)

"Clear sighted...urgent" ( Guardian)

"Remarkable, balanced, intelligent" ( Daily Telegraph)

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‘An epic account…Wisely, coolly and unsentimentally Moorehead allows the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to speak for themselves.This is a shattering book, meticulously researched, humane and, in places, utterly heartbreaking’ Observer

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