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Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora and Barroux, translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone
"Read it and weep. We weep because we know how fortunate we are, because we do so little to reach out and help those who need us most. So often we pass by on the other side. So often we look away. Once you read this deeply troubling book, passing by, looking away, is no longer an option."Alpha Coulibaly sets off from his home in Côte d’Ivoire, bound for Paris, where his sister-in-law has a hair salon near the Gare du Nord. Alpha’s wife Patience and son Badian left for Paris months ago, travelling without visas, and he has heard nothing from them since. He carries their photograph close to his heart as he crosses the continent and meets an unforgettable cast of ‘adventurers’ seeking a better life.
Alpha is emblematic of the refugee crisis today – just one of millions on the move, at the mercy of people traffickers, endlessly frustrated, endangered and exploited as he attempts to rejoin his family, already in Europe. With a visa, Alpha's journey would take a matter of hours; without one he is adrift for eighteen months. Along the way he meets an unforgettable cast of characters, each one giving another human face to the crisis. The book is presented in graphic novel format, with artwork created in cheap felt-tip pen and wash, materials Alpha himself might be able to access.
Supported by Amnesty International, Institut Francais and English PEN.
ISBN 13: 9781911370017 | ISBN 10: 1911370014
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