A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

  • by Melissa Fleming
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The stunning story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight - just debris from the ship's wreckage and floating corpses all around - 19-year-old Doaa Al Zamel floats with a small inflatable water ring around her waist and clutches two children, barely toddlers, to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa's arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Sweden and a new life. For days Doaa floats, prays, and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for these children. She must not lose hope.
Doaa Al Zamel was once an average Syrian girl growing up in a crowded house in a bustling city near the Jordanian border. But in 2011 her life was upended. Inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, Syrians began to stand up against their own oppressive regime. When the army was sent to take control of Doaa's hometown, strict curfews, power outages, water shortages, air raids, and violence disrupted everyday life. After Doaa's father's barbershop was destroyed and rumors of women being abducted spread through the community, her family decided to leave Syria for Egypt, where they hoped to stay in peace until they could return home. Only months after their arrival, the Egyptian government was overthrown, and the environment turned hostile for refugees.
In the midst of this chaos, Doaa fell in love with a young opposition fighter who proposed marriage and convinced her to flee to the promise of safety and a better future in Europe. Terrified and unable to swim, Doaa and her young fiancé handed their life savings to smugglers and boarded a dilapidated fishing vessel with 500 other refugees, including 100 children. After four horrifying days at sea, another ship, filled with angry men shouting insults, rammed into Doaa's boat, sinking it and leaving the passengers to drown.
That is where Doaa's struggle for survival really begins.
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is an emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. Melissa Fleming sheds light on the most pressing humanitarian crisis of our time and paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triumph of the human spirit.

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One woman's story

One woman of the hundreds and thousand of women men and children who have attempted to cross to safety. It is devastating and real. The background story ensure that you dooa as a person, the harrowing travels show you her bravery and the tears you shed for her and with her make her whole. I can't imagine the horrible images she saw, or the depth of the pain she felt, but I know that she is a stronger person than I will ever be.
She left her family with the man who worked so hard to win her heart and watched him and 500 others die painful, horrific deaths when their boat sank. Her survival is incredible but I don't know if anyone would ever really recover from those losses.
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- msrae

To understanding the plight of Syrian refugees

a compelling and heart wrenching story of survival. Begs the question of what more should we be doing to help these people.
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- K. Kinter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios