Book Review: The Boy On the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home by Tima Kurdi
**Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for sending over this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts in this blog post are 100% my own.
Picture for a moment that your home is no longer safe. Your country is no longer safe. You, your children and family members are fearing for their lives on a daily basis as terrorists rip through your hometown. You have nowhere to go. You are trapped and leaving your country is not as easy as getting on a plane. You have to cross an almost impossible violent sea with your small children on a flimsy boat that you may not survive. What would you do?
This is the beautiful and tragic memoir of a Syrian family’s escape from war. We all remember that horrific image of 3 year old Alan Kurdi’s tiny body washed up ashore on a Turkish beach on September 2, 2015. This is the story of him and his family. Author Tima Kurdi, aunt of Alan Kurdi retells the horrific events leading up to, during and after the incident.
Tima had a normal childhood growing up in Syria as did her brothers and sisters. She eventually immigrated to Canada when she got married and the rest of her family stayed back in Syria. Everything changed in March of 2011 when the Syrian Civil war started and terrorists were slowly taking over Syrian towns and murdering innocent people. Tima’s brother and father of son Alan went through inexplicable torture at the hands of terrorists in addition to eventually losing his wife and 2 sons while crossing the cold Mediterranean waters at the hands of smugglers. Halfway around the world, Tima did what she could to help her family members to escape the terrors and poverty. With the government demanding impossible documents for her family to produce, she felt helpless.
Shocking events that many of us are ignorant to will put you on the edge of your seat. An incredibly moving and unfortunate story that will forever stick in your mind. This is the best memoir I have read since Jeanette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle and one that you absolutely do not want to miss out on. If you have ever asked yourself what you can do to help refugees, you must read this book.
Thank you to author Tima Kurdi for bringing so much light to the Syrian Civil War. I never in a million years thought it was as terrible as it was and this book has truly opened up my eyes and changed my life. You and your family are an inspiration.
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