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The Beekeeper of Sinjar: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq Paperback – 6 Jun 2019
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It is not for the faint-hearted, but they should read it anyway. We should all read it. (Peter Stanford Observer)
Remarkable ... With this short book, the tragedies and the heroism of this time of horror will survive intact. (Louise Callaghan Sunday Times)
Rare and powerful ... Mikhail has created a searing portrait of courage, humanity and savagery, told in a mosaic of voices. ... [her] gifts as a poet infuse these narratives with unexpected beauty (The New York Times)
Mikhail bears witness to women in war-torn Iraq, women who have scarcely known peace throughout their lives. That she is a poet is clear on each page. (Kirkus Reviews)
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In August 2014 Isis terrorists came to Sinjar and captured thousands of Yazidis. The men were murdered, the old buried alive and cbildren reeducated. Some 7000 women were taken as sex slaves. They were auctioned like cattle. Abdullah can be likened to Oskar Schindler.
Mikhail relates a shocking story of how he helped go rescue the women. Some of the stories are horrifying. Maha saw her three baby sons murdered in front of her. The author now lives in America after being forced to flee Iraq. Tales of escape are very tense. The womens stories are devastating.
In 2015 Isis were pushed out of Sinjar and many Yazidis have returned, including Abdullah. Many have gone to Canada. Several hundred a!
re still missing.
This is a stark reminder of what Isis stands for.
This book is hard reading, documenting the horrific experiences of females caught in the clutches of ISIS and one man's selfless and tireless work in freeing them from their captures.
A truely wonderful human being whose seeks no credit or fame for his endeavours.
Wow, and I really mean wow! This is a powerful book. Although the topic is upsetting and opens your eyes up to the cruelty in our world, it was a story that needed to be told and I am so appreciative that Mikhail was the one who chose to do this. Her writing is exquisite. Maybe the most exquisite I have ever come across. If you can read this and keep from becoming an emotional wreck, you are very skilled (or maybe just cold). We are all familiar with the ghastly images and stories of the horrendous things going on in wartorn Syria and most of us probably believe that pictures get the message across better than any other method of communication. That is not the case here, this book not only completely overpowers the television accounts but tells the stories of these women, men, and children in a compassionate and detailed way.
The plight of the Yazidi people makes for uncomfortable but neccessary reading. I feel everyone should be acquiring a copy as the message of hope rather than hopelessness is such an important one. Even if the odds seemed stacked against them these people had hope that endured many lifetimes of heartache and pain. Abdullah, The eponymous beekeeper, used his knowledge of the local terrain in order to smuggle Yazidi women to safety, keeping hope alive for those still missing as well as their relatives. This book goes some way to highlighting what they went through but I don't believe we could truly know or even begin to understand the true unimaginable horror of their experiences.
I am positive that this was as difficult to write as it was for us to read, especially with the authors proximity to the people and the location. As I have made an effort to delve deeper into poetry in the past few years, now that I know the beauty with which Mikhail writes I will be swiftly purchasing and reading "The War Works Hard" as an opening into her wider work and will go from there.
Many thanks to Serpent's Tail for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.