Oblong Online: Helen Benedict & Eyad Awwadawnan, MAP OF HOPE AND SORROW

Event date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 7:00pm
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EST. via Zoom


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Award-winning British-American professor of journalism at Columbia University Helen Benedict, teamed up with Syrian writer and refugee Eyad Awwadawnan to present MAP OF HOPE AND SORROW - the compelling, first-person stories of five refugees who have endured long and dangerous journeys from the Middle East and Africa to Greece.

Helen BenedictMap of Hope and Sorrow by Helen Benedict and Eyad AwwadawnenEwad Awwadawnen

Hasan, Asmahan, Evans, Mursal, and Calvin each tell their story, tracing the trajectory of their lives from homes and families in Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Cameroon to the brutal refugee camps, where they are trapped in a strange and hostile world. These stories of resilience, suffering, and hope, are told in a depth rarely seen in non-fiction, partly because one of the authors is a refugee himself, and partly because both authors spent years getting to know the interviewees and winning their trust. The women and men in this book tell their stories in their own words, retaining control and dignity while revealing intimate and heartfelt scenes from their lives.

Helen Benedict is a recipient of the 2021 PEN Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History and the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. She is the author of 13 books, including the award-winning The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women at War Serving in Iraq, and the play The Lonely Soldier Monologues. Her writing inspired both a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of people sexually assaulted in the military and the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary, The Invisible War. She is a novelist and Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, New York.

Eyad Awwadawnen formerly a law student from Damascus, Syria, is a writer and poet currently living as an asylum-seeker in Reykjavik, Iceland. During his four years in Greece, he worked as a cultural mediator, translator, and interpreter for various NGOs. He also published a featured article in Slate Magazine detailing his escape from Syria. 

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Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece By Helen Benedict, Eyad Awwadawnan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781804440018
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Published: Footnote Press - October 18th, 2022