Map of Hope and Sorrow: An Evening with Helen Benedict, Eyad Awwadawnan and Mansi Choksi
Event Date: October 26, 2022 7:00 pm
The stories of refugees who fled violence or persecution only to become trapped in the worst refugee camps in Europe. Helen Benedict, award-winning British-American professor of journalism at Columbia University, teams up with Syrian writer and refugee, Eyad Awwadawnan, to present the stories of five refugees who have endured long and dangerous journeys from the Middle East and Africa to Greece. These are compelling, first-person stories of resilience, suffering and hope, told in a depth rarely seen in non-fiction, partly because one of the authors is a refugee himself, and partly because both authors spent years getting to know the interviewees and winning their trust. The women and men in this book tell their stories in their own words, retaining control and dignity, while revealing intimate and heartfelt scenes from their lives.