A thousand farewells : a reporter's journey from refugee camp to the Arab spring /
Nahlah Ayed.
Toronto : Viking, 2012.
356 p. ; 24 cm.
9780670069095 :
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Toronto : Viking, 2012.
9780670069095 :
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Includes index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Canada-Japan Literary Awards, CAN, 2012 : Nominated
Governor Generals Literary Awards, CAN, 2012 : Nominated
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Quill & Quire, May 2012
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In 1976, Nahlah Ayed¿s family gave up their comfortable life in Winnipeg for the squalor of a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. The transition was jarring, but it was from this uncomfortable situation that Ayed first observed the people whose heritage she shared. The family returned to Canada when she was thirteen, and Ayed ignored the Middle East for many years. But the First Gulf War and the events of 9/11 reignited her interest. Soon she was reporting from the region full-time, trying to make sense of the wars and upheavals that have affected its people and sent so many of them seeking a better life elsewhere. In A Thousand Farewells, Ayed describes with sympathy and insight the myriad ways in which the Arab people have fought against oppression and loss as seen from her own early days witnessing protests in Amman, and the wars, crackdowns, and uprisings she has reported on in countries across the region. This is the heartfelt and personal chronicle of a journalist who has devoted much of her career to covering one of the world¿s most vexing regions.
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Protest Days Were Always Terrifying, and to a child, they felt like the end of the world. People seemed to have gone mad, threatening to upset the order of things-such as they were-in a camp where, unsurprisingly, refugees recoiled from anything that resembled sudden change. For days afterwards, girls would be missing from our classes, kept home by parents upset by the unpredictability of anger freely expressed, however briefly. On iffy days, we children were made to carry half an onion with us to class-a supposed antidote to tear gas-just in case a demonstration broke out. Most people didn't seem to like to talk about those days, but then they avoided public discussion of anything related to dissent, as if they too might be rounded up just for having an opinion. Book jacket.
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Born in Canada to immigrant parents, raised in Jordan as a Palestinian refugee, award-winning CBC reporter for the Middle East, Nahlah Ayed offers a unique insider's perspective to Canadians. When she was a child, Ayed's parents made the fateful decision to move from Manitoba back to Jordan to ensure that their four children remained connected to their culture and heritage. For Nahlah and her siblings, it was a shocking change: they'd left their comfortable Winnipeg home for the squalor of a refugee camp in Amman. Living first in a tent, then in a concrete house, Ayed meets her extended family and learns of the sorrows of generations of displaced Palestinians. Uprooted and prevented from returning to their ancestral lands by the new geopolitical reality of Israel, they struggle to forge a new life in daunting conditions. At the same time, she is confronted with the sometimes uncomfortable realities of growing up female in a restrictive culture. Driven towards journalism by a desire to challenge wrongdoing, Nahlah found herself, unexpectedly, covering both the Afghanistan and then Iraq wars. She continues to cover the recent upheavals in Egypt and Libya. However, it is not war that she is following, but the plight of the region's people who struggle to rebuild lives amid danger, uncertainty, and perpetual displacement.
Table of Contents
Prologuep. 1
My Father's Camerap. 7
Refugees by Designp. 22
The Storep. 48
Warp. 66
Jordan, Againp. 82
Sickp. 102
Ghostsp. 122
On the Runp. 149
A Protest to End All Protestsp. 176
Escape Routep. 210
Disillusionp. 247
Watch Egyptp. 271
Revolutionp. 287
Victory or Deathp. 309
The Revolution Continuesp. 325
Author's Notep. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 343
Indexp. 347
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