Nujeen Mustafa has cerebral palsy. This did not stop her travelling, with her sister, 4000 miles from Syria to Hungary in a wheelchair. Having taught herself to speak English by watching US soap-operas on Syrian TV, she made her way to the Hungarian border in the hope of asylum in Germany, where she has told her story, with Christina Lamb – bestselling co-author of ‘I Am Malala’. A 16-year-old Syrian girl, she has the courage of a lion. A strong, extraordinary voice, Nujeen tells the story of what it’s really like to be a refugee, to have grown up through war and left a beloved homeland to become dependent on others.
It tells how the Syrian war has destroyed a proud nation and torn families apart in the face of international indifference by leaders scarred by previous interventions, and the incredible bravery of a person determined to keep smiling. It is the story of our times told through one remarkable girl.