Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds: A Refugees Search for Home Audiobook, by Mondiant Dogon Play Audiobook Sample

Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds: A Refugee's Search for Home Audiobook

Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds: A Refugees Search for Home Audiobook, by Mondiant Dogon Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593458532

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28:00 minutes

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05 seconds

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17:17 minutes

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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Named a Best Nonfiction Book of 2021 by Kirkus A stunning and heartbreaking lens on the global refugee crisis, from a man who faced the very worst of humanity and survived to advocate for displaced people around the world One day when Mondiant Dogon, a Bagogwe Tutsi born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was only three years old, his father’s lifelong friend, a Hutu man, came to their home with a machete in his hand and warned the family they were to be killed within hours. Dogon’s family fled into the forest, initiating a long and dangerous journey into Rwanda. They made their way to the first of several UN tent cities in which they would spend decades. But their search for a safe haven had just begun. Hideous violence stalked them in the camps. Even though Rwanda famously has a former refugee for a president in Paul Kagame, refugees in that country face enormous prejudice and acute want. For much of his life, Dogon and his family ate barely enough to keep themselves from starving. He fled back to Congo in search of the better life that had been lost, but there he was imprisoned and left without any option but to become a child soldier. For most refugees, the camp starts as an oasis but soon becomes quicksand, impossible to leave. Yet Dogon managed to be one of the few refugees he knew to go to college. Though he hid his status from his fellow students out of shame, eventually he would emerge as an advocate for his people. Rarely do refugees get to tell their own stories. We see them only for a moment, if at all, in flight: Syrians winding through the desert; children searching a Greek shore for their parents; families gathered at the southern border of the United States. But through his writing, Dogon took control of his own narrative and spoke up for forever refugees everywhere. As Dogon once wrote in a poem, “Those we throw away are diamonds.”

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“Dominic Hoffman narrates the harrowing true story of young Bagogwe Tutsi, a child forced to flee…the Democratic Republic of Congo…Hoffman’s emotional performance describes how Tutsi uses his fear and anger to advocate for people who have lost everything due to political uprisings. Hoffman’s accent is perfect for the portrayal and lends credibility to his performance, leaving listeners to focus on his powerful message.”

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About Dominic Hoffman

Dominic Hoffman, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is a Los Angeles–based actor of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in such television shows as The Shield, NYPD Blue, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as the American Conservatory Theater.