Talk from Robin de Crespigny - author of The People Smuggler | Law

Talk from Robin de Crespigny - author of The People Smuggler

Event date: 
3 May 2013
1:00pm to 2:00pm
G23, Law Building

The UNSW Refugee Law and Policy Group invites you to a talk by Robin de Crespigny, award-winning author of The People Smuggler.

The People Smuggler is the true story of one man’s epic journey to find a safe place in the world.

When Ali Al Jenabi fled Iraq after four years in Abu Ghraib, he was forced to leave his family behind. What followed was an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, each day filled with uncertainty about what the next would bring.

After being betrayed by a people smuggler in Indonesia, Ali became one himself.  He succeeded in getting his family to safety in Australia, and eventually helped over 500 fellow Iraqis do the same.  When he was tried in a Darwin court, he came to be known not as a heinous criminal, but rather as the Oskar Schindler of Asia.

With enormous power and insight, The People Smuggler tells a story of daily heroism, bringing to life the forces that drive so many people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands.  It is a gripping portrait of a man attempting to retain his dignity and humanity, taking whatever path he can out of an impossible position.

Robin de Crespigny won the Queensland Literary Award and the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature for The People Smuggler.

Register to attend here.