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A hope more powerful than the sea: one refugee's incredible story of love, loss, and survival

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"Urgently required reading." -- People "Deeply affecting... Fleming brings a moral urgency to the narrative." -- The New Yorker "Fleming deftly illustrates the pain of those who choose to leave Syria...and her book is ultimately a story of hope." -- Newsweek Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight, just debris from the ship's wreckage and floating corpses all around, nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls--barely toddlers--to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa's arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Italy and a new life. For days as Doaa drifts, she prays for rescue and sings to the babies in her arms. Shemust stay alive for them. She must not lose hope.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea chronicles the life of Doaa, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by the onset of her country's brutal civil war. Doaa and her fiance, Bassem, decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler's dilapidated fishing vessel along with five hundred other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink. This is the moment when Doaa's struggle for survival really begins.

This emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. In the midst of the most pressing international humanitarian crisis of our time, Melissa Fleming paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triiumph of the human spirit.

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Full title hope more powerful than the sea one refugees incredible story of love loss and survival
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Last Update 2018-05-25 23:21:42PM
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subject_facet Europe -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy, Refugees -- Syria, Syria -- Emigration and immigration, Syria -- History -- Civil War, 2011-, Syria -- Immigration and emigration, Zamel, Doaa Al, -- 1995-
title_display A hope more powerful than the sea : one refugee's incredible story of love, loss, and survival
title_full A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, A hope more powerful than the sea : one refugee's incredible story of love, loss, and survival / Melissa Fleming
title_short A hope more powerful than the sea :
title_sub one refugee's incredible story of love, loss, and survival
topic_facet Emigration and immigration, Government policy, History, Immigration and emigration, Nonfiction, Politics, Refugees, Sociology, Zamel, Doaa Al