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Afghan Refugee and Author Gulwali Passarlay Puts a Face on the Refugee Crisis

At his parents urging, political refugee Gulwali Passarlay fled Afghanistan in 2006 in search of a new life in the United Kingdom. He was 12 years old. Passarlay will speak about his journey and put a face on the modern refugee crisis at the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project’s (HGHRP) 10th annual Voices of Vigilance presentation, 7 p.m. Monday, March 13 in the Warshof Conference Center, Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A/B).

A recent graduate of the University of Manchester (Bolton, England), Passarlay is the author of The Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee (Atlantic Books). The book tells of his yearlong, 12,500 mile journey through 10 countries and how he overcame racism and poverty to ultimately become a successful college graduate, nationally recognized for his commitment to social change. The book has been published in six languages.

Passarlay will answer questions following the presentation and sign copies of his book. Books will be available onsite for purchase. Tickets are required and available online at Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot M.

Daniella Insalaco
Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project

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