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Caroline Moorehead
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2 Feb 2006

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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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099492873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099492870
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of exceptional quality 25 Mar 2013
By MisterM
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Monumental research and knowledge about migration and what it entails in terms of suffering, exploitation, atrocities and death and the resources that human beings are capable of finding and generating not only to survive but also to create a life of quality; harrowing as well as profoundly moving and written in a clear, precise and succinct style. One of the most consciouness-enhancing books one could read in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and compelling 3 Aug 2009
By Lizzie
I have recently started volunteering for a refugee charity and so wanted to learn more about the issues refugees face, and have found this book both touching and useful.

The book covers refugees experiences from a wide range of countries including palestine and Italy. I found the section on the UK paticularily interesting which contains some eye opening statistics concerning how refugees are portrayed by the media and how much money they actually contribute to the UK. The author has also covered how political institutions both national and international have responded differently to the influx of refugees as and when they have occured.

Historical accounts are also included in the book so the reader is able to learn more about why human rights abuses have taken place and there is even a section on the history of international refugee law, making this a useful book for students of human rights law and other similar subjects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a must read 15 April 2014
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This book was hard to get into but stick at it! I would recommend for all especially those working/supporting in asylum.
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