The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America

The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America

by Mohammed Al Samawi
The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America

The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America

by Mohammed Al Samawi


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"A gripping account of terror and escape.”  — New York Times Book Review

The Fox Hunt tells one young man’s unforgettable story of his harrowing escape from Yemen's brutal civil war with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of interfaith activists in the West.


Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen.

Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook.

Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south.

The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062678195
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Mohammed Al Samawi was born in 1986 in Yemen. In his midtwenties, he became involved in interfaith groups promoting dialogue between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. In 2015, during the Yemeni Civil War, he fled from Aden to the United States. Since his entry to the United States, he has worked for several NGOs that promote peace and religious tolerance.

Table of Contents

Map of Yemen ix

Chapter 1 Weak Ties, Strong Bonds 1

Chapter 2 Contradictions 11

Chapter 3 Reason and Religion 27

Chapter 4 Rinse and Repeat 47

Chapter 5 The Economics of Love 65

Chapter 6 The Book of Luke 85

Chapter 7 The Fox Hunt 113

Chapter 8 Up, Up, and Away 139

Chapter 9 Consequences 161

Chapter 10 If at First You Don't Succeed … 179

Chapter 11 You Say You Want a Revolution 187

Chapter 12 Are You Home? 205

Chapter 13 A Man of My Word 229

Chapter 14 Clear and Present Danger 241

Chapter 15 Call to Prayer 257

Chapter 16 The Justice League 271

Chapter 17 The Ones Who Said Yes 281

Chapter 18 Good News and Bad News 299

Chapter 19 A New Hope 309

Chapter 20 Network of Networks 317

Chapter 21 Luck Be a Lady 331

Chapter 22 The Waiting Game 361

Chapter 23 Fantasia 373

Chapter 24 Go, Go, Go 387

Chapter 25 What Just Happened? 409

Chapter 26 If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of Djibouti 419

Chapter 27 The Promised Land 437

Epilogue 451

Acknowledgments 471

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