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The beekeeper of Sinjar

Mīkhāʾīl, Dunyā2018
Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won't convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women. The Beekeeper of Sinjar, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. Mikhail extensively interviews these women--who've lost their families and loved ones, who've been repeatedly sold, raped, psychologically tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons--and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety. In the face of inhuman suffering, this powerful work of nonfiction offers a counterpoint to Daesh's genocidal extremism: hope, as ordinary people risk their lives to save those of others.
Main title:
The beekeeper of Sinjar / Dunya Mikhail ; translated from the Arabic by Dunya Mikhail and Max Weiss.
London : Serpent's Tail, 2018.
209 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Also published as: The beekeeper. New York, NY : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2018."Originally published in Arabic as Fi Suq al-sabaya by Al Mutawassit"--Title page verso.Translated from the Arabic.
N -- The bee kingdom -- In the girls' market -- Through the eye of a needle -- Five tricks for escaping Daesh -- The olive grower isn't selfish -- In Daesh's camp -- Exodus -- My grandmother's grave -- The chirp -- One step closer, two steps, three -- Daffodil, daffodil -- The infidels -- Sinjar : the beautiful side -- The spring.
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - History956.70443 MIKAvailable
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