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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409079606
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Human Cargo




HUMAN CARGO celebrates the courage and will to survive shown by ordinary human beings.

HUMAN CARGO is a remarkable oral testament. Caroline Moorehead has visited war zones, camps and prisons from Guinea and Afghanistan to Texas and Italy. She has interviewed emigration officials and members of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva while investigating the fates of the 17 million people currently displaced from their homes. How can society cope with this diaspora of the twenty-first century? Is there a difference between 'good' asylum seekers and 'bad' economic migrants? What happens to those whose applications are turned down? The difficult questions are asked, the horrible issues faced. But, above all, HUMAN CARGO celebrates the courage and will to survive shown by ordinary human beings.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409079606
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her biography of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Dancing to the Precipice, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award in 2009, and her most recent book, Village of Secrets, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

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Praise for Human Cargo

“'Read this compelling and important book' Scotsman 'Wide-ranging, generous and humane' Irish Times 'Clear sighted...urgent' Guardian 'Remarkable, balanced, intelligent' Daily Telegraph 'Compelling...a deft mixture of history, travelogue and reportage. A powerful, heartfelt and important book' Literary Review 'Her ability to tell stories gives this book its power' Economist 'Caroline Moorehead knows how to grip the reader's attention and haunt their dreams'Sunday Telegraph”

“'Strong in its condemnations and unflinching in its gaze, Human Cargo is also, mercifully, rich in humanity and examples of the indomitable nature of the human spirit.' Independent on Sunday”


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