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Lampedusa: Gateway to Europe; Dr. Pietro Bartolo

Dr. Pietro Bartolo has worked with refugees on the Italian island of Lampedusa for the last twenty-five years.  In this book he  narrates their stories – alongside his own.   It is a harrowing narrative of “man’s inhumanity to man”[i]  juxtaposed with man’s ability to share compassion and kindness with each other in the face of adversity.  It can be a harrowing read.  We hear about the mother whose unborn child died at 36 weeks gestation as a result of the stress of the journey; the father who had to choose which child to save when the boat capsized; the brother who carried his paralysed brother on his back from Syria.

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