Two people who held an important place in my life, the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and the late Dr. Helen Bamber, urged me to write about my experiences in the refugee field. The prince for twelve years was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees after having served UNHCR for three years as special envoy and Deputy High Commissioner. Helen Bamber, at the age of 20, had spent almost two years, 1945-47 in the notorious Bergen Belsen camp to which thousands of barely surviving Jews had been herded by the Nazis. Her long life became oriented towards helping countless thousands of survivors of torture and other forms of organised violence to deal with their trauma. Chapters speaking of refugee situations are interspersed with stories of individual suffering and courage.
Faith, Hope and Courage - the great strengths of refugees