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BookTrib Review: ‘The Beekeeper’ Highlights Perseverance, Bravery and Strength

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The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, is, outwardly, a story of a beekeeper who risks everything to rescue Daesh women from torture and enslavement. While the beekeeper is a central figure, it becomes abundantly clear that the real focus of the story is on the women, themselves. Poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, through a series of interviews with various women escapees from the clutches of Daesh (ISIS), presents an unflinching account of tragic events. The reality of what they’ve endured is haunting: sexual abuse and assault, loss of family and friends, psychological torture, forced labor, and murder. Mikhail highlights their perseverance, bravery, and strength in the face of such hardships. In 2014, ISIS invaded northern Iraqi villages to…

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Berenson’s ‘The Prisoner’ Strikes a Delicate Balance Between Fear and Paranoia

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In this age of great distrust, when even the most open-armed neighbor turns out to be a blood-thirsty sleeping cell waiting to enact some extremist cause, suspicion becomes the first natural line of defense, a secondary reflex when culture forces us to internalize the prevalence of danger. The Prisoner will feel like a fresh twist. The setting works in reverse, as the choice of story attempts to excoriate layers upon layers of phobia and paranoia. You could even venture to whisper that the story has a cleansing effect. In this case, John Wells, the main protagonist, is a Muslim convert who goes into hiding in the very epicenter of al Qaeda jihadist world, and so to infiltrate ISIS. Even though…

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Where to find hope for victims of human trafficking

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In America, where we show our support for kidnapped Nigerian school girls or read that the terrorist organization ISIS has earned millions through human trafficking in the Middle East, it’s easy to believe that human trafficking is something that happens far away, to other people’s children. But according to the U.S. Department of Justice, 300,000 children in the United States are at risk for being sold into prostitution . This month, while your own children are excitedly making new friends at school, many others in this country are not nearly so lucky. The statistics are heartbreaking enough to make you want to close your eyes and pretend the problem doesn’t exist. Learning, for example, that a woman or child working…

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