The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’

Robin de Crespigny

The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler of Asia'
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The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’

Robin de Crespigny

After his father, brother and he were incarcerated and tortured in Saddam’s Abu Ghraib, Ali al Jenabi escaped from Iraq first to work with the anti-Saddam resistance in Iran and then to help his family out of the country all together. When Saddam’s forces advance towards their refugee camp, Ali helps his family flee into Iran before going on in an attempt to get to Australia - a country they know nothing about but understand to be safe, free and compassionate. When Ali reaches Indonesia he is betrayed by a people smuggler - a common experience - which prompts him to establish his own business that will treat fellow refugees more fairly. This is the engrossing story of how he survived his years without a passport or a state, how the people smuggling business functions, and how Ali was treated when he and his family finally arrived in Australia. It will open a country’s eyes to what refugees are fleeing from, and what makes them risk their lives and the lives of their families in seeking safety.

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