The Lightless Sky

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A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival—of a twelve-year-old boy’s traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West—that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time.

“To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?”

In 2006, after his father was killed, Gulwali Passarlay was caught between the Taliban who wanted to recruit him, and the Americans who wanted to use him. To protect her son, Gulwali’s mother sent him away. The search for safety would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror—and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games.

In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis—the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy—and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.


  • 001 The Lightless Sky

    Duração: 38s
  • 002 Prologue

    Duração: 12min
  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duração: 28min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duração: 10min
  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duração: 16min
  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duração: 33min
  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duração: 14min
  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duração: 26min
  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duração: 18min
  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duração: 13min
  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duração: 17min
  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duração: 13min
  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duração: 13min
  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duração: 27min
  • 015 Chapter 13

    Duração: 09min
  • 016 Chapter 14

    Duração: 14min
  • 017 Chapter 15

    Duração: 09min
  • 018 Chapter 16

    Duração: 19min
  • 019 Chapter 17

    Duração: 21min
  • 020 Chapter 18

    Duração: 21min
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