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Bilal (German) Paperback – September 1, 2011

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  • Paperback
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3499627221
  • ISBN-13: 978-3499627224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,724,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Vero on July 10, 2012
We daily hear about migrants illegally arriving in Europe and all the problems they bring to this continent. But who are they, why do they come to Europe and practically: how do they manage to come? Gatti answers from the other side, from inside. As undercover journalist he makes the journey the migrants are doing from Dakar to the Libyan border, alongside the coast in Tunisia, as internee under a false identity in a camp on Lampedusa and finally he witnesses the returning migrants who were brought back or simply chased away back to the desert.
During his journey he witnesses incredible cruelty, injustice and suffering. He talks to people who became slaves who cannot move whether forwards nor backwards, he sees people who seem to be alive, but actually it's only their body still moving. But he also meets people of incredible force. Courageous to move on, not to abandon even though beaten and ripped off their last penny and humiliated again and again.
And then the consequences of European migration policy and their allies in Northern Africa. The sober words on one side, the reality on the other. Let alone the profits some manage to make out of the suffering of others. Moreover it's interesting to read the book, which was written in 2007 now, with the knowledge how History continued, especially in Libya.
Gatti takes side, but he refrains from appealling to accept all arriving migrants. He informs. He shows a reality, the majority of people in Europe (and elsewhere) is not aware of. But they should be. Because it's a matter of life and death. And it happens right now. In this second. Everybody who takes part in the discussion on migration has to read this book to get a broader insight of the problematic and to be better aware what s/he is talking about having this piece of the history in mind.
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