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Nathan Thrall’s “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama” – A Book Talk with Kenneth Roth

October 23, 2023

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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WCC; 1010 Classroom

Join us for a book talk with author Nathan Thrall as he discusses his latest book, A Day in the Life of Abed Salama, with Carr Center Senior Fellow, Kenneth Roth.

Book Description: Milad is five years old and excited for his school trip to a theme park on the outskirts of Jerusalem, but tragedy awaits: his bus is involved in a horrific accident. His father, Abed, rushes to the chaotic site, only to find Milad has already been taken away. Abed sets off on a journey to learn Milad’s fate, navigating a maze of physical, emotional, and bureaucratic obstacles he must face as a Palestinian.

Interwoven with Abed’s odyssey are the stories of Jewish and Palestinian characters whose lives and pasts unexpectedly converge: a kindergarten teacher and a mechanic who rescue children from the burning bus; an Israeli army commander and a Palestinian official who confront the aftermath at the scene of the crash; a settler paramedic; ultra-Orthodox emergency service workers; and two mothers who each hope to claim one severely injured boy.

This event is organized by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is co-sponsored by the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative (Harvard Divinity School), Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (Northeastern University School of Law), Human Rights Program (Harvard Law School), and the Program in Law and Society in the Muslim World (Harvard Law School).

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