One Girl's Incredible Journey From War-torn Syria in A Wheelchair

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"Prize-winning journalist and the co-author of smash New York Times bestseller I Am Malala, Christina Lamb, now tells the inspiring true story of another remarkable young hero: Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, whose harrowing journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitude, grit, and hope that lends a face to the greatest humanitarian issue of our time, the Syrian refugee crisis. For millions around the globe, sixteen-year-old Nujeen Mustafa embodies the best of the human spirit. Confined to a wheelchair because of her cerebral palsy and denied formal schooling in Syria because of her illness, Nujeen taught herself English by watching American soap operas. When her small town became the epicenter of the brutal fight between ISIS militants and US-backed Kurdish troops in 2014, she and her family were forced to flee. Despite her physical limitations, Nujeen embarked on the arduous trek to safety and a new life. The grueling sixteen-month odyssey by foot, boat, and bus took her across Turkey and the Mediterranean to Greece, through Macedonia to Serbia and Hungary, and finally, to Germany. Yet, in spite of the tremendous physical hardship she endured, Nujeen's extraordinary optimism never wavered. Refusing to give in to despair or see herself as a passive victim, she kept her head high. As she told a BBC reporter, "You should fight to get what you want in this world."--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York :, HarperWave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062659637
Characteristics: 289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina - Author


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Dec 16, 2016

Just reading Nujeen's account of her and her sister's journey from Syria to Germany exhausted me, I can't imagine how these refugees have the perseverance, will, resourcefulness and enough luck to make the journey- and then arrive to face many unwelcome countries along the way as well as dangers, smugglers who rip them off, along with being heartbroken about the family members they have lost and/or left behind.
I wish everyone who sees the migrants on TV would read this book and learn of the terrifying ordeals these people go through before they even begin their journey.
Nujeen's story is more interesting because her sister pushed her the whole way in a wheelchair, they did receive some help from strangers but others just pushed in front of her in lines. She has cerebral palsy and with a matter of fact explanation of her situation(which had been mostly confined to her family's apartment due to lack of handicapped facilities in Damascus) she learned as much about the world as she could through TV, a laptop, she never went to school until she reached Germany and started when she was 17.
She and her sister overcame such obstacles on their own it was a very inspiring story.

ChristchurchTeens Oct 26, 2016

Nojeen Mustafa is from Syria, has cerebral palsy, and cannot walk. This is the story of her childhood, and what it's really like to be a disabled refugee during her harrowing escape from Syria to Germany.

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