Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story of the Refugee Crisis

Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story of the Refugee Crisis

by Pietro Bartolo, Lidia Tilotta
Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story of the Refugee Crisis

Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story of the Refugee Crisis

by Pietro Bartolo, Lidia Tilotta

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"This is a personal, urgent, and universal book." —Gloria Steinem

Situated more than one hundred miles off Italy’s southern coast, the rocky island of Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees fleeing civil war and terrorism and hoping to make a new life in Europe. Dr. Pietro Bartolo, who runs the lone medical clinic on the island, has been caring for many of them—both the living and the dead—for a quarter century. Tears of Salt is Dr. Bartolo’s moving account of his life and work set against one of the signal crises of our time. With quiet dignity and an unshakable moral center, he tells unforgettable tales of pain and hope, stories of those who didn’t make it and those who did.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393651294
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 208
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Pietro Bartolo was born in Lampedusa to a family of fishermen. He returned to Lampedusa after getting his medical degree, and has been running the island’s lone clinic since 1991. He was featured in Gianfranco Rosi’s celebrated documentary film Fire at Sea, a finalist for the Academy Award.
Lidia Tilotta is a journalist with RAI Regional News and Mediterraneo.

Table of Contents

Mare nostrum 13

One red shoe 18

There is no getting used to it 22

Women on the way 25

The wounds you cannot see 30

Drawing lots 39

An irrevocable choice 45

The girl in the front row 52

Risky investments 57

A Fèrra 63

Back to the island 67

Little pieces of home 74

Omar is unstoppable 81

The will of the waves 86

The greatest gift 91

Faduma and Jerusalem 94

Young Anuar's wisdom 101

A blessing from heaven 105

Giacomo's path 109

Arms of giants 114

God is not to blame 118

The lengths they will go to 121

When a mayor understands what world leaders cannot 126

L'erba tinta un mori mai 130

The off-season tourist 139

Never shall I forget 150

The boat cemetery 157

You brought this upon yourself 161

Favor with the media 166

Lampedusa 179

October 3, 2013 185

Children of the same sea 196

Acknowledgments 201

Letters to Pietro Bartolo 204

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