Follows a man's desperate journey from his home in Cote D'Ivoire across Africa to reach his sister-in-law who lives in France, and be reunited with his wife and son who made the journey previously.
Alpha Coulibaly is emblematic of the refugee crisis today - just one of millions on the move, at the mercy of people traffickers, endlessly frustrated, endangered and exploited as he attempts to rejoin his family, already in Europe. With a visa, Alpha's journey would take a matter of hours; without one he is adrift for eighteen months. Along the way he meets an unforgettable cast of characters, each one giving another human face to the crisis.
The book is presented in graphic novel format, with artwork created in cheap felt-tip pen and wash, materials Alpha himself might be able to access.
NOTE : Although very little is shown graphically, there is discussion of the murder of immigrants, kidnapping by people traffickers, and prostitution. One of Alpha's friends is a prostitute who is beaten by her clients, contracts AIDS, and dies during childbirth.
NOTE: Greenaway Medal Longlist 2017