The following story is a work of fiction.
It is inspired by real events and based on reports from various reputable sources, including national newspapers and UNHCR.
None of the characters are real persons
and any resemblance to persons alive or dead are purely coincidental.
Where place names are given, these are real,
however, descriptions of activities which take place there and the people involved are fictitious.
I would like to say a special thank you to my editor Carlos Hazday, who devoted his time to improving this book, and without whom this second edition would not have seen the light of day.
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Refugee: a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
“Syria has become the great tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.”
Antonio Guterres – Secretary-General of the United Nations.



Chapter One – Samir

Chapter Two – Amar

Chapter Three – Graham

Chapter Four – Edmund

Chapter Five – Still Waters

Chapter Six – Out of the Frying Pan

Chapter Seven – Into the Fire

Chapter Eight – Christian Aid

Chapter Nine – A Sad Beginning

Chapter Ten – Antalya

Chapter Eleven – Hope

Chapter Twelve – Kos

Chapter Thirteen – Plans

Chapter Fourteen – Escape

Chapter Fifteen – A New Dawn

Chapter Sixteen – The Road to Gennadi

Chapter Seventeen – Going Nowhere

Chapter Eighteen – Lost

Chapter Nineteen – Piraeus

Chapter Twenty – Out of Control

Chapter Twenty-One – Selling Yourself

Chapter Twenty-Two – Twinkle Twinkle

Chapter Twenty-Three – No Comets Seen

Chapter Twenty-Four – Obscure Coincidences

Chapter Twenty-Five – Maybe, Truly, Certain

Chapter Twenty-Six – Time’s Glory

Chapter Twenty-Seven – Police, Psychology, and Welfare

Chapter Twenty-Eight – A Greek Tragedy

Chapter Twenty-Nine – We are the Bearers of Light

Chapter Thirty – Voices Off

Chapter Thirty-One – Goodbyes