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After the Tampa

Abbas Nazari

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Allen & Unwin
23 September 2021
When the Taliban were at the height of their power in 2001, Abbas Nazari's parents were faced with a choice: stay and face persecution in their homeland, or seek security for their young children elsewhere.

The family's desperate search for safety took them on a harrowing journey from the mountains of Afghanistan to a small fishing boat in the Indian Ocean, crammed with more than 400 other asylum seekers.

When their boat started to sink, they were mercifully saved by a cargo ship, the Tampa. However, one of the largest maritime rescues in modern history quickly turned into an international stand-off, as Australia closed its doors to these asylum seekers.

The Tampa had waded into the middle of Australia's national election, sparking their hardline policy of offshore detention. While many of those rescued by the Tampa were the first inmates sent to the island of Nauru, Abbas and his family were some of the lucky few to be resettled in New Zealand.

Twenty years after the Tampa affair, Abbas tells his amazing story, from living under Taliban rule, to spending a terrifying month at sea, to building a new life at the bottom of the world.

A powerful and inspiring story for our times, After the Tampa celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

By:   Abbas Nazari
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   492g
ISBN:   9781988547640
ISBN 10:   1988547644
Publication Date:   23 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Abbas Nazari graduated with a BA (First Class Hons) in International relations and Diplomacy from the University of Canterbury in 2016. He won a Fulbright Scholarship and is currently working on a Masters of Security Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Reviews for After the Tampa

'Nazari's capacity to view some of the most urgent issues facing the world from this dual perspective, outside and inside, is his memoir's key strength. It pays testament to the power of Rumi's place beyond ideas in which we may meet, and listen, as someone tells their story.' Renata Hopkins, Kete 'After the Tampa tells the heart-breaking, life affirming, heroic, remarkable story of fleeing the Taliban. A stunning book, beautifully, gently written, unflinching but also full of compassion and hope. This is a beautiful book.' John Campbell, Breakfast 1


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