Doro

By Brendan Woodhouse and Doro Ģoumãňęh

Refugee, hero, champion, survivor

Autobiography | Biography
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This is the story of Doro Ģoumãňęh. This book follows his journey from his life as a small boy, working on his father's fishing boat, to leaving home, crossing deserts and arriving in Libya.

Doro was a fisherman in The Gambia, but when a corrupt government sold his fishing rights and began arresting his fellow fishermen Doro left home, fleeing for his life. Initially hiding in neighbouring Senegal, he was forced to flee again as government spies crossed borders searching for those who had escaped.

Once in Libya, Doro fell into the horrific cycle of abuse targeted at refugees. He tried to make it to Europe, but was shipwrecked and returned to Libya, only to be sold to a ‘torture for ransom’ gang who beat and tortured him, leaving him for dead in a mass grave. Miraculously, Doro survived, with the help of two Libyan travellers, who took him to hospital in Algeria.

He returned and tried many times to reach Europe, eventually being rescued by the Sea-Watch 3, a small NGO refugee rescue ship that was in the Mediterranean sea. It was here that he met Brendan Woodhouse, who was driving the speedboat. Together, the 47 survivors of Doro's boat and the 22 crew of the Sea-Watch 3 were held off the coast of Sicily as political leaders accused them of facilitating illegal entry. A two-week stand-off ensued. In this time together, a great friendship started, and Brendan agreed to help Doro tell his story.

This story touches on government decisions that have led to loss of life at sea in unprecedented numbers, turning the Mediterranean into the deadliest border anywhere on the planet. It examines the policy failures that caused Doro and others like him to search for a new life in Europe. Will Doro be given the sanctuary he has been so desperately searching for? Or will he be simply told to return home? Doro touches on questions of policy and politics, brutality and bravery, survival and belonging - issues that confront refugees everywhere. But ultimately it is one man's extraordinary story. It's the story of Doro: refugee, hero, champion, survivor and friend.

About the book: 

  • High-quality, demy hardback
  • Approx. 256 pages, 60,000 words
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  • Written by Brendan and Doro, an honest and heartfelt memoir in their own words
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