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Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees Paperback – 2 Feb 2006

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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 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A shattering book, meticulously researched, humane and utterly heartbreaking" (Observer)

"Heartbreaking... Urgent… Terrifying" (Guardian)

"This is one of those books that will sooner or later change the future" (Sunday Times)

"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)

"Caroline Moorehead knows how to grip the reader’s attention and haunt their dreams" (Sunday 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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When you're reading about something like refugees, you really want to read something up-to-date - as current as possible. When I saw this book on Amazon, it had a modern cover and the text "7 JAN 2016" alongside the title. I promptly ordered it. I suppose alarm bells should have rung when I looked at the other buying options: the used ("very good") versions were suspiciously inexpensive.

This isn't a book written in 2016. Even at full price, the introduction is as current as it gets. Apart from that introduction, it describes the world's refugee situation pre-2005

I would imagine it was very informative in those days. It still is in many ways - obviously the plight of the refugee hasn't changed that much over the years - and the author's humanity shines through. But if you're looking for something from the second decade of the 21st century, I'd give this wide berth. The way it is presented on Amazon is misleading.
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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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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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