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Gervelie's Journey: A Refugee Diary
Title: Gervelie's Journey: A Refugee Diary
Author: Anthony Robinson,Annemarie Young
A true story, told in Gervelie’s own words of how she and her father survived terrible hardships and the horrors of war to seek a new life. Her father became a wanted man and was forced into hiding. The family was torn apart forever. Gervelie and her father escaped the country and travelled to the UK to seek asylum. They are still unable to return home to the Republic of Congo.
When Gervelie was born in 1995 in the Republic of Congo, her mother and father had a nice house in a suburb of Brazzaville. When fighting broke out two years later, her father’s political connections put the family in grave danger and they were forced to flee. Gervelie’s Journey follows the family from Congo to the Ivory Coast, and then to Ghana, across Europe, and finally to England. Told in Gervelie’s own voice and using her own photographs, it depicts with grace and sensitivity their long journey, their life in a new country, and their hopes for the future.