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Unbreakable Threads : True story of an Australian mother, a refugee boy and what it really means to be a family - Emma Adams

Unbreakable Threads

True story of an Australian mother, a refugee boy and what it really means to be a family

Paperback Published: 29th August 2018
ISBN: 9781760633103
Number Of Pages: 336

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The remarkable true story of an Australian mother's fight to free an unaccompanied Hazara boy from detention, and include him in her family.

An extraordinary story of courage and kindness and the ultimate triumph of family over what, at times, seem like insurmountable odds.

'Abdul is dignified, defiant even, but his poise is beginning to wear thin in this place. He needs surgery for a chronic shoulder injury sustained when he was hit by a car in Kabul. Like the others in detention with him, he faces an uncertain fate, and years in limbo. Most of the people in the centre have already had their spirits broken.'

When psychiatrist and mother of three Emma Adams travels to Darwin as an observer of conditions for mothers and babies in the immigration detention centres there, she expects the trip to be confronting. What she doesn't expect is to return to Canberra consumed by the idea that she must help a sixteen-year-old unaccompanied Hazara boy from Afghanistan - Abdul.

The premise was simple: Wouldn't any teenage boy be better off staying with a family rather than locked behind a wire fence? In this brutal and bureaucratic system, freedom was a hopeless dream. Emma and Abdul's connection, and her fight to get him out and provide him with an Australian home, a family and a future, forms an important testimony in Australia's appalling treatment of asylum seekers. Their story is a beacon of hope and humanity.

About the Author

Dr Emma Adams is a psychiatrist specialising in the wellbeing of mothers and babies. She was born in Sydney, NSW, and grew up in the country town of Armidale, NSW. She studied medicine at the University of Queensland and began working in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department (ED). It was here, between the trauma calls in the ED, that a romance blossomed between Emma and Rob, who is now her husband. They live in Canberra with their three teenage sons.

A beautiful book


This book is an eye opener. All Australians should read this to understand what immigration policies are doing to real people.



A must read book


This book should be read by all Australians, for its compassion and the power of the human spirit



A very important read


Living proof of what one person can do to change another's life for the better, in this case, a young refugee boy in a Detention Centre in Darwin. Humanity at it's finest. I'm not very eloquent with words, but I so wish I could do this book justice in putting into words how important it is to pick it up and read it. Heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time, a story beautifully told. It's opened my eyes to what's happening in our detention centres holding asylum seekers so inhumanely. To sweet Abdul, his brother Ahad, Emma and family, thank you for sharing your lives with us and for bringing attention to this shockingly cruel treatment of people seeking a better life in our country.

Melbourne, Australia



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ISBN: 9781760633103
ISBN-10: 1760633100
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 29th August 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3