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Unbreakable Threads: The true story of an Australian mother, a refugee boy and what it really means to be a family

Emma Adams



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Allen & Unwin
29 August 2018
Biography; Memoirs; True stories of heroism, endurance & survival; Refugees & political asylum
An extraordinary story of courage and kindness and the ultimate triumph of family over what, at times, seem like insurmountable odds.

'Abdul is dignified, defiant even, but his poise is beginning to wear thin in this place. He needs surgery for a chronic shoulder injury sustained when he was hit by a car in Kabul. Like the others in detention with him, he faces an uncertain fate, and years in limbo. Most of the people in the centre have already had their spirits broken.'

When psychiatrist and mother of three Emma Adams travels to Darwin as an observer of conditions for mothers and babies in the immigration detention centres there, she expects the trip to be confronting. What she doesn't expect is to return to Canberra consumed by the idea that she must help a sixteen-year-old unaccompanied Hazara boy from Afghanistan - Abdul.

The premise was simple: Wouldn't any teenage boy be better off staying with a family rather than locked behind a wire fence? In this brutal and bureaucratic system, freedom was a hopeless dream. Emma and Abdul's connection, and her fight to get him out and provide him with an Australian home, a family and a future, forms an important testimony in Australia's appalling treatment of asylum seekers. Their story is a beacon of hope and humanity.
By:   Emma Adams
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   443g
ISBN:   9781760633103
ISBN 10:   1760633100
Publication Date:   29 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Emma Adams is a psychiatrist who specialises in perinatal and infant psychiatry and had this interest area of 15 years. In addition to her private practice, Dr Adams works for Canberra's local community controlled Aboriginal health service and has an appointment as a visiting specialist to the central Australia remote mental health team. Dr Adams sees mental health as something broader than diagnoses and medication (although very important!). She focuses on on a biological, social, psychological, cultural and environmental influences on social and emotional wellbeing.

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