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Riveting Memoir
An incredible true life story about a young Muslim peace activist who is rescued from war-savaged Yemen by a group of Westerners. The fact that his rescuers are Jews and Christians, people he grew up believing were his sworn enemies, make Al Samawi's tale all the more memorable.
This book does an excellent job of explaining the intricacies of the war in Yemen (of which I knew hardly anything about) and puts a very human face on this massive humanitarian crisis. It is also very informative about the Muslim religion in general, detailing the differences between the Sunnis and Shias...and how the global powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran exploit their poorer neighbors like Yemen.
Al Samawi's thirst for knowledge, his willingness to put aside his distrust of Jews and Americans, ends up saving his life. This is ultimately a story of connection, hope, and love...much needed in these unsettling times.

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