North to Paradise by Ousman Umar

North to Paradise by Ousman Umar

Ousman Umar is a shaman’s son born in a small village in Ghana. Though his mother died giving birth, he spent a contented childhood working the fields, setting traps in the jungle, and living off the land. Still, as strange and wondrous flying machines crisscrossed the skies overhead, Ousman dreamed of a different life. And so, when he was only twelve years old, he left his village and began what would be a five-year journey to Europe. Every step of the way, as he travelled across the Sahara desert, through the daunting metropolises… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Child abuse (child labour)
  • Death of a parent
  • Police brutality
  • Drowning
  • Imprisonment & confinement
  • Homelessness