Sorry the book review is coming a day late, I had a long day yesterday albeit an awesome one. When I finally got home, I collapsed on my bed and blogging was the last thing on my mind. But a promise was made and it must be kept.
After They Left by Edify Yakusak was the first book we read together in the book club and like I mentioned in my previous post, this is her first work, which she did such a good job with and on her first attempt. It was a compelling read, thought provoking and quite timely, with the unfortunate humanitarian crisis in the North East of Nigeira.
I was emotional reading this book as I was transported in my imagination to the conflict area and the plight of many families who have been displaced and trying to find each other, not just in Nigeria but the world in general. Disclaimer, the book is purely fictional but touches on the issues that are so common in conflict; ethnic tension, human trafficking, displacement, hopelessness, violence among other themes. It was set in Jos, an intriguing tale of a mother separated from her two children after watching the violent death of her beloved husband and their relentless journey to find one another despite one obstacle after another.
With her debut novel, Edify succeeded in drawing the attention of readers to what really goes on in conflict torn areas and hopefully that will result in finding permanent solutions to the issue. Until I read this book, it never crossed my mind that there could be human trafficking going on in the IDP camps and that is the unfortunate truth. It is despicable and yet people do it for all sorts of reasons that cannot justify the act. After all, if the relief materials can be diverted from the victims and sold for profit, why not the human beings too?
I would recommend this book to everyone because it awakens your consciousness. It might be fiction but it's also fact. You can find the book at the following places and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.