Tu es Younis Ibrahim Jama [You are Younis Ibrahim Jama], Pierre Micheletti, Éditions Langage pluriel, 2023 (édition revue et augmentée du livre Les Orphelins paru en 2010 aux éditions Embrasure, et en 2016 aux éditions Lucien Souny), (published in French).

Editor’s note

In 2003, in Darfur, Western Sudan, a violent armed conflict erupted between rebel groups and the government based in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. Younis, a young boy whose parents are caught up in the turmoil, is about to see his life take a turn that nothing has prepared him for, as he becomes an unwitting bridge between two worlds, built by the love shared by two families. From Sudan, the reader is transported to Chad and then to France, as the novel weaves a web of intrigue from the entangled threads of the intimate and the political along with those of generosity, violence and lies. Loosely based upon the real events that alerted and moved public opinion, the novel sheds light upon a situation which continues to bear down upon this region of Africa and questions the role of humanitarians, who are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the economic and political challenges of the world. Through his informed sensitivity, the author draws us into a narrative that challenges us to consider the universality of the worth ascribed to each individual human being.

Pierre Micheletti is a medical doctor and university teacher. He began his international career in China, where he studied the implementation of the “one-child policy” by the Chinese authorities. He has held positions of responsibility in major humanitarian organisations. He was president of Action contre la Faim from 2019 to 2023, and of Médecins du Monde from 2006 to 2009. Today, he is a board member of SOS Méditerranée and member of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’Homme – CNCDH in French).

Translated from the French by Naomi Walker

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