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Humans on the Run

Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Non-Fiction

Humans on the Run

Full Title: Of Exiles And Asylum

Author: Kumar M. Tiku
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Award Category: English Non-Fiction

About the Book: 

Humans on the Run is an attempt to preserve memories of several microscopic journeys embarked upon by humans, in time and space, often under conditions of utter and complete hopelessness. A collection of 24 stories that narrate first-person accounts of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers affected by multiple displacements due to political or sectarian strife across several countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Eritrea, and South Sudan.

Individuals in flight, long disconnected from the certitudes of a settled, anchored existence, map their journeys when moving to the next village, town, city, country, or continent, in the hope of beating certain death, sustained denigration, and systematic abuse. The stories take the reader to the heart of human existence, capturing a sliver of the textured human experiences encapsulated in each person on the run as a result of raging conflict in her or his backyard.

About the Author: 

Kumar M. Tiku is an independent Indian writer, who has served the United Nations in multiple conflict-affected countries. For over 15 years, Kumar served the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a senior external communications professional in India, Afghanistan, Sudan, Fiji and Iraq. He served UNICEF in multiple roles including as Chief of External Communications in Syria. Kumar was born in Srinagar, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. In 1990, nearly half-a-million strong Kashmiri Pandit community that he belongs to was forced to flee its homeland en masse in the face of a wave of radical extremist militancy. He remains an unrecognized internally-displaced person in India.

Contributors:
Dola Mitra, senior journalist with Outlook
Melanie Groves, aspiring development worker, writer and blogger
Dr Kundan Lal Chowdhury, practicing physician and poet
Qaiser Khan Afridi, Communications Ofiicer, UNHCR, Pakistan

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