Events

Events

Events

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August

07/08/2016, 11:00 - 11:45
Charlotte McDonald-Gibson and Ben Rawlence in conversation at Wilderness Festival
Refugee Crisis : Human stories behind the headlines. The refugee crisis is the defining humanitarian issue of our time - newspaper reports are full of numbers and statistics, but we rarely hear from the people themselves. In two new books, Ben Rawlence and Charlotte McDonald-Gibson tell the tales of these displaced peoples. Ben Rawlence is a former researcher for Human Rights Watch in the horn of Africa. The author of City of Thorns, Rawlence spent four years in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world. To the charity workers, Dadaab is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. Riot police are shutting down borders, 800 lives are lost in a single shipwreck, a boy's body washes up on a beach: this is the European Union today. But how did a bloc founded upon values of human rights and dignity for all reach this point? Charlotte McDonald-Gibson has covered the refugee crisis for TIME magazine and the Independent. Her new book Cast Away tells the stories of those who decided to risk perilous journeys to Europe, and how they got to this point. Part of the Granta Books' Literary Tent takeover.
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