Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair
An inspiring tale of modern migration, overcoming adversity and escaping the hell of war, from a girl struggling to walk for the very first time in her life. Nujeen Mustafa has cerebral palsy. This did not stop her travelling, with her sister, 4000 miles from Syria to Hungary in a wheelchair.
Having taught herself to speak English by watching US soap-operas on Syrian TV, she made her way to the Hungarian border in the hope of asylum in Germany, where she has told her story, with Christina Lamb - bestselling co-author of I Am Malala.
A 16-year-old Syrian girl, she has the courage of a lion. A strong, extraordinary voice, Nujeen tells the story of what it's really like to be a refugee, to have grown up through war and left a beloved homeland to become dependent on others. It tells how the Syrian war has destroyed a proud nation and torn families apart in the face of international indifference by leaders scarred by previous interventions, and the incredible bravery of a person determined to keep smiling. It is the story of our times told through one remarkable girl.
'The story of Nujeen, amazing young woman and Syrian refugee, reminds the world that refugees, just like others, have aspirations and dreams for peace, education and a better society. Nujeen inspires me to dream without limits' MALALA YOUSAFZAI
'Spirited and humbling, and is proof that a refugee is a person first, a statistic last', --Books of the Year, Sunday Times
'Extraordinary. We have heard many accounts of refugees' journeys in the past couple of years but none like this one. If it was Lamb who wrote the words, you sense it is Nujeen's spirit she has caught. The is important chronicle of our strange and terrible times seems likely, in fact, to make her a star' --The Times
NUJEEN is a book about a truly remarkable disabled young girl refugee from Syria. I read it in 24 hours - without a dry eye. Not tears of sadness - tears of joy about the glory of a triumphant human spirit. Go on. I challenge you. I bet you cannot read this, dry eyed, to the end' --PADDY ASHDOWN
Born with cerebral palsy, 16-year-old Nujeen Mustafa has spent her life in a wheelchair. She had little formal education in Syria but taught herself English by watching US soap operas. In 2014 her home town of Kobane was at the centre of fierce fighting between Isis militants and US-backed Kurdish forces, forcing her family to flee first across the border into Turkey and then further into Europe, where they currently live, in Germany. Christina Lamb is a multi award-winning journalist for the Sunday Times. She has acted as Washington Bureau Chief for the paper and in 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Prix Bayeux Calvados for her reporting from Afghanistan. She won the Foreign Press Association Award for Story of the Year in 2007, and was also named Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the British Press Awards and the BBC What the Papers Say Awards, having previously won both awards in 2002. The same year, she won the Foreign Press Association Award for her reporting on the war on terrorism. She has won numerous other awards, starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988. She is the author of the best-selling 'The Africa House', 'Waiting for Allah', 'The Sewing Circles of Herat', 'Small Wars Permitting' and 'I Am Malala', co-authored with Malala Yousafzai.