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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

This guide is designed for English students at Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, reading A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea.   We hope it will aid in your understanding of the book and allow you to explore it more deeply.

Extra copies of the book are available in the OCC Libraries.

The book

Cover of A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

Melissa Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian refugee in search of a better life.

Doaa and her family leave war-torn Syria for Egypt where the climate is becoming politically unstable and increasingly dangerous.

She meets and falls in love with Bassem, a former Free Syrian Army fighter, and together they decide to leave behind the hardship and harassment they face in Egypt to flee for Europe, joining the ranks of the thousands of refugees who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean on overcrowded and run-down ships to seek asylum overseas and begin a new life.

After four days at sea, their boat is sunk by another boat filled with angry men shouting threats and insults. With no land in sight and surrounded by bloated, floating corpses, Doaa is adrift with a child’s inflatable water ring around her waist, while two little girls cling to her neck.

Doaa must stay alive for them. She must not lose strength. She must not lose hope.

Find A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea in the OCC Libraries.


Book themes

Arab Spring 2011
Bashar Al Assad
Cultural Marriage Practices and Expectations
Dangerous Passages
Dreams and Goals
Education and Persistence
Human Dignity
Human Smugglers
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Patriarchal societies
Political Regimes
Political Uprising
Post-traumatic Stress
Promises of a Better Life
Protests (violent and non-violent)
Relief Efforts
Relief Efforts
Sacrifice for a Better Future
Social Media
Stress-induced medical conditions
Syrian Refugees

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