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Also Available as an eBook. If you thought that crossing the Mediterranean Sea or the English Channel was the most dangerous part of a refugee's journey to freedom, then you need to read this book, 'The Bodies That Move' by Bunye Ngene. The author spares no-one's feelings in chronicling the systematically inhumane treatment of the displaced by unscrupulous people traffickers and presents a powerful argument to wealthier and more stable regimes to deal with this shameful and destabilising practice with far more rigour and compassion than at present. The story follows Nosa, a young, presentable and university-educated Nigerian, who, because of the corruption in his home country, is persuaded by a former classmate to make the journey to Europe, a better life and earning power to keep his mother and younger siblings from poverty. Though far from cheap, he borrows the money necessary to fund his passage and sets out in high hopes of reaching Italy in three weeks. His optimism however is short-lived and hunger, lack of sleep and hygiene facilities and cramped travelling conditions soon become the norm. But this is just the start of what Nosa will experience before he has even left Nigeria. The gradual wearing away of all civilised standards is shocking to read. The rape of the female travellers, the beatings, enforced work (slavery in other words), starvation and the callous abandonment of all whose 'agents' have not paved the way across the Sahara Desert or war-torn Libya become everyday occurrences, not even raising an eyebrow in the end. But Nosa is one of the 'lucky' ones, reaching the coast after three months of hell, eventually boarding an inflatable with no life jacket and being picked up by European coastguards. He has achieved his aim and gained what? Europe's record of the treatment of refugees is nothing to write home about, quite literally. To say I enjoyed reading this book would be untrue but I'm very glad I did and I would encourage you to as well. Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador
Im vorliegenden Buch wird die Stellung der deutschen Sprache in Nigeria vor dem Hintergrund der internen sprachpolitischen Gegebenheiten in Nigeria sowie der deutschen auswartigen Kultur- und Sprachpolitik in Afrika dargestellt. Dabei werden die Tatigkeiten von drei der wichtigsten deutschen Mittlerorganisationen, namlich des deutschen Auslandsschulwesens, des Goethe-Instituts und des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdiensts (DAAD) in Afrika berucksichtigt. Des Weiteren wird die Stellung der deutschen Sprache in den unterschiedlichen nigerianischen Bildungsebenen aufgezeigt. Methodisch verfolgt diese Studie ein qualitatives Vorgehen, wobei einschlagige Texte und Dokumente analysiert werden. Zum Schluss pladiert diese Untersuchung fur eine Veranderung der Sprachpolitiken beider Lander und entwickelt Vorschlage zur Verbesserung der Position der deutschen Sprache in Nigeria insbesondere im Schulbereich.