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A new book allows asylum seekers to tell their stories

Cynthia Cockburn visits Kurdish, Somali, Tamil, Sudanese and Syrian refugee women living across five London boroughs

By Sian Norris   November 2017

 

A lot has been written lately about refugees and migration. But rarely do we hear from asylum seekers themselves. Cynthia Cockburn’s Looking to London: Stories of War, Escape and Asylum, seeks to redress that balance.

Cockburn visits Kurdish, Somali, Tamil, Sudanese and Syrian refugee women living across five London boroughs to learn more about their experiences of fleeing conflict and oppression, and their relationship with the capital. The stories she hears are devastating: a Kurdish journalist tortured and imprisoned for seven years; Tamils harassed out of Sri Lanka only…

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