When the Nazari family left Taliban-dominated Afghanistan seeking a better life in 2001, it would have been impossible to foresee the dangerous journey that would eventuate, culminating in rescue from the Norwegian freighter, the Tampa and resettlement in Christchurch. Life in the Garden City would also be eventful over time, not only with the challenges faced by all refugees but the earthquakes and mosque shootings as well.
Combining an ongoing examination of Afghanistan and the global system of refugee management with the inspiring story of a resilient family, this is a remarkable memoir notable for its hope, determination and achievement. [Larger font]
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"An 'easy read' and a page turner - especially through the chapters on their experience at sea."
"A unique and important book for all, but especially New Zealand."
"This memoir is educating, uplifting and inspirational."
"The author's scholastic ability, work ethic and determination has resulted in his hugely successful achievements."
"I think most readers will find this book inspirational."
"It's not pleasant to read of the Taliban atrocities not of the conditions on the boat, but it is important that these be included as part of the whole story."
"Highly recommended. It's a real feel-good story."
Everyone in our group found this book to be easy to read - it flowed well and used straightforward language - and also enjoyed it, learning more about the international refugee situation as well as the N.Z. experience.
An important read! The description of the time at sea is particularly enthralling, but the whole story flows beautifully and we all agreed it was a page-turner from beginning to end. Abbas is balanced in his assessment of political and social forces involved in the refugee crisis, but the behaviour of John Howard's government at the time will make your blood boil. Uplifting, inspiring, incredible After the Tampa puts a Kiwi face on the refugee crisis and asks the reader: What would you do for a chance at a better life
Easy to read this amazing story; full of admiration for all the courage, perseverance and preparedness shown by the family as they achieved so much. Although it is a relatively brief journal of the epic journey, it is what is not written but rather sits underneath the story that is the most fascinating.
Overall the group liked this book - gave a good understanding of what happened with the Tampa and led to a good discussion on refugees v. migrants and dirty politics (Australian). We thought the first half was better than the second half.
This book was loved by all our members and caused much discussion regarding the hardships faced by refugees, firstly by getting out of their troubled countries and then facing day to day difficulties in their chosen new country.