We all know that literature has the power to change minds, if not the world, to open eyes and hearts and through understanding, create empathy. The Great Agony is such a book, one that cracks open the issue of refugees and asylum seekers, and at a time when the coals of xenophobia are once again being fanned in South Africa, it is an important one.
It also bares, with gutting precision, the experiences of child soldiers. In Safariâ€™s hands they step out of the familiar news photographs of wild-eyed, ragged, gun-waving demons to become the drugged, traumatised, homesick children they really are.
- The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods by Jamala Safari
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