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ABOUT MAP OF HOPE AND SORROW

Award-winning author Helen Benedict and Syrian writer and refugee Eyad Awwadawnan team up to present the intimate stories of refugees from the Middle East and Africa who fled violence or persecution only to become trapped in some of the world’s worst refugee camps in Greece. Both authors spent years getting to know the interviewees and winning their trust. The result is five powerful stories of resilience, suffering and hope. Hasan, Asmahan, Evans, Mursal and Calvin each tell their story in their own words, retaining control and dignity, while revealing intimate and heartfelt scenes from their lives. They describe their homes and families in Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan or Cameroon; their arduous journeys of escape; and recount how they ended up trapped in the Europe they believed would give them freedom, only to be abused and reviled.  

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2013: Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism
for The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. 
 
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2010: The Lonely Soldier inspired the lawsuit Cioca vs. Rumsfeld,
wherein 27 soldiers brought a case against the Pentagon for harboring a culture of sexual violence in the military.
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2010: Ken Book Award
The Wrath-Bearing Tree, 4 March 2018
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by Women’s eNews, who deemed her a "A Listener to the Silenced." 
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2010: EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) 
From the National Women's Political Caucus for the book The Lonely Soldier and the Ms. Magazine article, "The Scandal of Military Rape." 
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finalist for the play, “The Lonely Soldier Monologues." 
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012: The Invisible War documentary
Inspired by Benedict's work
was nominated for anAcademy Award. 
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2007: The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism