After the dramatic dismantling of the Idomeni refugee camp in Macedonia, Feriel, a little Afghan girl, tries to reach Austria with her brother. They will meet an old woman, who will change the course of their tragic story.

FORMAT: 148 x 207
WORDS: 64 000 approx.
PUBLISHER: La Trace éditions

The Work

The Idomeni refugee camp in Macedonia, whose conditions for migrants are terrible, is dismantled. The road to the Balkans will not reopen. Every day, every night, more migrants are turned away at the border, and many young people have disappeared into the wilderness.
Feriel, a little Afghan girl trying to reach Austria with her brother, is a painful example. With no other alternative but to leave the camp at the risk of being forced to return to Afghanistan, they take refuge in the surrounding mountains.
But a meeting with Elliniki, an old Greek woman who lives in seclusion in the wild Paiko massif, will change the course of this tragic story. Overwhelmed by so much misery, she will open her heart, which had been closed off by her own history, that of a people uprooted by war. She reaches out to the two teenagers to welcome them into her modest home.
She will display compassion and love for these two exiles lost in a strange world far from their suffering. In the end, they will realize they are not so different, after all…

The Author(s)

A teacher of literature and ancient languages, with a passion for history, sociology, and life stories, Carole Declercq cannot imagine writing without roots in a historical or social context. This leads the reader to reflect and resonate with characters who are always strong, romantic, and emblematic. She seeks to translate the psychological mechanics that provoke action and commitment. Writing is also for her a means to speak for those who do not dare.

Key Sales Points

– The tragedy of migrants is a relevant topic among current social discourse.
– Carole Declercq describes the terrible context of the Idomeni camp, a humanitarian catastrophy in Europe, and contrasts it with the luminous story in which a meeting makes everything possible…
– A powerful story told with sensitivity, poetry, and even a touch of humour.