The Lightless Sky

The Lightless Sky

Synopsis

A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival—of a twelve-year-old boy’s traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West—that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time.

“To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?”

In 2006, after his father was killed, Gulwali Passarlay was caught between the Taliban who wanted to recruit him, and the Americans who wanted to use him. To protect her son, Gulwali’s mother sent him away. The search for safety would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror—and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games.

In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis—the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy—and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.

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Chapters

  • 001 The Lightless Sky
    Duration: 38s
  • 002 Prologue
    Duration: 12min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 28min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 10min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 16min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 33min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 14min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 26min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 18min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 13min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 17min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duration: 13min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duration: 13min
  • 014 Chapter 12
    Duration: 27min
  • 015 Chapter 13
    Duration: 09min
  • 016 Chapter 14
    Duration: 14min
  • 017 Chapter 15
    Duration: 09min
  • 018 Chapter 16
    Duration: 19min
  • 019 Chapter 17
    Duration: 21min
  • 020 Chapter 18
    Duration: 21min
  • 021 Chapter 19
    Duration: 18min
  • 022 Chapter 20
    Duration: 24min
  • 023 Chapter 21
    Duration: 12min
  • 024 Chapter 22
    Duration: 24min
  • 025 Chapter 23
    Duration: 37min
  • 026 Chapter 24
    Duration: 58min
  • 027 Chapter 25
    Duration: 19min
  • 028 Chapter 26
    Duration: 10min
  • 029 Chapter 27
    Duration: 39min
  • 030 Chapter 28
    Duration: 24min
  • 031 Chapter 29
    Duration: 17min
  • 032 Chapter 30
    Duration: 04min
  • 033 Chapter 31
    Duration: 18min
  • 034 Chapter 32
    Duration: 20min
  • 035 Chapter 33
    Duration: 08min
  • 036 Epilogue
    Duration: 12min
  • 037 Co-Author's Note
    Duration: 07min
  • 038 Credits
    Duration: 01min
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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