Robin de Crespigny: The People Smuggler

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July–August 2012, no. 343

Robin de Crespigny: The People Smuggler

Reviewed by
July–August 2012, no. 343

Paul Morgan

 

The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’
by Robin de Crespigny
Viking, $29.95 pb, 360 pp, 9780670076550

 

Do you remember them on the television news? Stumbling down gangplanks onto our shores, with flickering cubes of light instead of heads. Wearing strange clothes and eating stranger food. They harboured terror and disease. They were said to sacrifice their children. How did it come to this?

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