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Nadene Ghouri Image: Andrew Lownie Literay Agency

Nadene Ghouri (image: Andrew Lownie Literary Agency).

Nadene Ghouri to headline at second Hastings Debate

Hastings Supports Refugees will be hosting their second in a series of Hastings Debates taking place at The Palace on Hastings seafront. These will be a regular event and are in conjunction with Hastings and St Leonards becoming part of the City of Sanctuary movement.

The second talk, taking place on Wednesday 25 October at 7.30pm, will be given by the acclaimed war reporter and author Nadene Ghouri, whose work includes the co-written book, The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey.

Nadene Ghouri is a multi-award winning journalist specialising in human interest and human rights issues. She is a former correspondent of both the BBC and Al Jazeera English and today is a freelance broadcaster and reporter working for BBC current affairs and leading publications including The Guardian and Mail on Sunday. She is the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Favoured Daughter, about the life of Afghan human rights activist Fawzia Koofi, and Born Into The Children of God, with cult survivor Natacha Tormey.

imagesThe Lightless Sky was named as one of the ‘buzz books’ of the 2105 London Book Fair and sold for six figure advances in both the US and UK.

Hastings Supports Refugees is grateful to The Palace for their support in hosting this new series.

The first talk, “Freedom from torture: understanding and supporting torture victims in our community,” was given by the prominent international journalist Rohan Jayasekera, and included a discussion of the work of the charity Freedom from Torture, and what can be done to make support for refugees more responsive to the needs of torture survivors among them.

Rohan Jayasekera is a journalist and digital start-up founder, formerly deputy CEO of Index on Censorship and managing editor of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. He has covered conflicts from Palestine and Bosnia to Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently working on a book on what’s wrong with Facebook and Google’s relationship with journalism – and what can be done about it.

For more details, check out Hastings Debates Facebook Page.

Posted 17:31 Monday, Oct 16, 2017 In: Politics

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  1. Keith Piggott

    I cannot attend the 25 October Hastings Debate on refugees by Ms Nadene Ghouri.

    But might I ask Ms Ghouri and her promoters to define “refugee”, the British WW2 ‘gold-standard’, or the EU’s ‘all-comers’ policy; 95% being well-shod mobile phone sponsored economic migrants also fighting-age malign insurgents Hungary tried to block according to its EU Treaty obligations and was roundly condemned?

    Veterans uphold the first, but we absolutely oppose the latter.

    Keith Piggott

    Comment by Keith Piggott — Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 @ 10:46

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