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Jan 05, 2021
| ISBN 9781635420180
Jan 05, 2021
| ISBN 9781635420197
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Jan 05, 2021 | ISBN 9781635420180
Jan 05, 2021 | ISBN 9781635420197
The timely, powerful memoir of a man unjustly charged with a crime for helping his relatives, refugees from Syria. For trying to save his in-laws, who were fleeing certain death in Syria, Stéphan Pélissier was threatened with fifteen years in prison by the Greek justice system, which accused him of human smuggling. His crime? Having gone to search for the parents, brother, and sister of his wife, Zéna, in Greece rather than leaving them to undertake a treacherous journey by boat to Italy. Their joy on finding each other quickly turned into a nightmare: Pélissier was arrested as a result of a missing car registration and thrown into prison. Although his relatives were ultimately able to seek asylum—legally—in France, Pélissier had to fight to prove his innocence, and to uphold the values of common humanity and solidarity in which he so strongly believes. I Just Wanted to Save My Family offers a heartrending window into the lives of those displaced by the Syrian civil war and a scathing critique of the often absurd, unfeeling bureaucracies that determine their fates.
Stéphan Pélissier is a French legal expert. He lives in the north of France with his wife and their two daughters.
“Both sobering and informative, this story of human suffering…calls necessary attention to the brokenness of democratic legal systems and their terrifying inability to effectively handle ongoing humanitarian emergencies like the Syrian refugee crisis. Eye-opening reading for anyone interested in learning more about refugees and their plights.” —Kirkus Reviews“This harrowing tale of escape from Syria is a dramatic description of the challenges people face fleeing Assad’s dictatorship and the country’s brutal civil war.” —David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-Building and Human Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and author of Frontline Syria: From Revolution to Proxy War“A deeply affecting book. It reads like a crime novel, but it’s a true story…A breathtaking account that illustrates…the tragedy experienced by hundreds of thousands of Syrians who set out on the road to exile since 2015.” —Mediapart “Touching…heartrendingly sincere…a harsh and oh-so accurate portrait of the difficult living conditions of these displaced persons.” —France Soir
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