Losing Agir is a story of hope and bravery, spanning borders and cultures. Based on true events following the destruction of a mountain village in Turkey, Agir, a 16 year old Kurd, is smuggled into the UK. There, he meets Alice, a 15 year old in care. As their friendship develops and Agir’s terrible story unfolds, Alice must find a way to free Agir from the clutches of a child smuggling operation.
Ormanici, South-East Turkey. At 5am on the 20 February 1993, Turkish soldiers attack a small village in the mountains of South-East Turkey. Villagers are pulled from their beds at gun point. Houses are burned, livestock killed and families separated. The men, after being forced to lay face down and blindfolded in the snow, are marched for hours through the mountains towards imprisonment and torture. This is where the story of Losing Agir starts and is based on the facts of a real case, taken many years later by the villagers, to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Ultimately, the villagers won their case and in 2004 were awarded compensation for what happened to them.
An inspiring story of how one young person can make a difference. A very good book which will not only greatly increase awareness of human rights and legal issues but will bring a tear to your eye.’ Cherie Booth QC.
‘An exciting and touching story, with a real sense of place and authenticity.’ Elizabeth Laird, Author of over 20 children’s books.
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Live It; First edition (10 Dec. 2012)
Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.1 x 20.3cm