Non Fiction

The Beekeeper of Sinjar: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail

I have had this book pending for more than a year. I am so glad to have finally read it!

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Translated by , Max Weiss

I started this book almost one year ago, but when I was not able to read it in one sitting, I postponed the entire thing till it disappeared into my reading pile. Finally, in an effort to clean up my to-read list, I started paying attention to those I have had with me a while.
I give all this up in the very beginning not to claim that it is not a good book, but to indicate that it is a hard one to read in one sitting. All the harm that happens to the individual women is almost an iteration of a particular combination of horrors. It does not help to know that this cycle probably continues for someone or the other now.

The author lives in the US and is put into contact with a former (and hopefully later as well) beekeeper who is helping rescue women from the Daesh. The fates of the Yazidis seem to be dire and the hardships just escalating. The author introduces poetry in between with her own reflections that provide some space between visiting the next rescued woman and or family. I had to put it down in between to be able to pick it up again. It did serve as an eye-opener to the never-ending loop of terror many people must be living into this day. There is hope since our team of dedicated smugglers smuggle out the kidnapped women, risking their own lives in the process. I will not forget the content in a hurry.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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