Caabu invites you to an online book launch with journalist and author, Sally Hayden who will be discussing her recently published book My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route, with Labour Member of the House of Lords, refugee advocate and himself a former child refugee, Lord Alf Dubs.
Sally will be discussing her book, My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route on Monday 27 June at 12pm Noon (BST UK time) and the shocking and devastating journeys refugees face trying to reach sanctuary and safety in Europe.
About the book:
The Western world has turned its back on refugees, fuelling one of the most devastating human rights disasters in history.
In August 2018, Sally Hayden received a Facebook message. 'Hi sister Sally, we need your help,' it read. 'We are under bad condition in Libya prison. If you have time, I will tell you all the story.' More messages followed from more refugees. They told stories of enslavement and trafficking, torture and murder, tuberculosis and sexual abuse. And they revealed something else: that they were all incarcerated as a direct result of European policy.
From there began a staggering investigation into the migrant crisis across North Africa. This book follows the shocking experiences of refugees seeking sanctuary, but it also surveys the bigger picture: the negligence of NGOs and corruption within the United Nations. The economics of the twenty-first-century slave trade and the EU's bankrolling of Libyan militias. The trials of people smugglers, the frustrations of aid workers, the loopholes refugees seek out and the role of social media in crowdfunding ransoms. Who was accountable for the abuse? Where were the people finding solutions? Why wasn't it being widely reported?
At its heart, this is a book about people who have made unimaginable choices, risking everything to survive in a system that wants them to be silent and disappear.