In an unfamiliar bed across the Pakistani border from Enaiatollah Akbari\’s small Afghani village, his mother tells the young boy three pieces of advice as he drifts off to sleep; don\’t do drugs, don\’t use weapons, and don\’t steal. When the ten year-old wakes up his mother\’s side of the bed is cold. She has left him in a strange country with no money, no-one to turn to, and no more knowledge of the world then these three pieces of advice. Enaiatollah knows she isn\’t coming back.
Enaiatollah\’s home village of Nava is under constant threat from hostile Taliban forces. His father has already been murdered, and his mother fears that Enaiatollah is next. She believes abandoning him provides a small chance that he may not die, compared to the certainty that he will die in Nava. Here begins Enaiatollah\’s five year journey through as many countries in pursuit of a home.
In the Sea there are Crocodiles is the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari as written by Italian author Fabio Geda. Pieced together over months of conversations and research Geda traces Enaiatollah\’s treacherous Â journey as he moves from Afghanistan through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, and finally to Italy where he eventually finds asylum.
Chronicling Akbari\’s story in plain, stark text In the Sea there are Crocodiles neither asks for your sympathy nor does it expect it. This is more then just a story of sorrow; it is a song of bravery, fortitude, friendship, and the kindness of strangers. While you may find some sadness in Enaiatollah\’s story, what you are left with is an enduring sense of gratitude and humility.
In the Sea there are Crocodiles is a charming book which will entertain you, educate you, and inspire you. If you ever need a reminder of exactly what to be thankful for then this is the book to do it.
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