The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

TitleThe Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMikhail, Dunya
PublisherNew Directions Publishing Corporation
CityNew York

Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won't convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women. This volume tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. The author extensively interviews these women--who've lost their families and loved ones, who've been sexually abused, psychologically tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons--and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety. [from publisher]

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