Father of Lions How One Man Defied Isis and Saved Mosul Zoo
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Father of Lions How One Man Defied Isis and Saved Mosul Zoo

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Author: Louise Callaghan

Format: Paperback / softback

Number of Pages: 400

This is a story of human decency in the midst of barbarism - how the zookeeper of Mosul Zoo saved the animals during the Isis rule of the city between 2014 and 2017. 'Callaghan's portrayal of a city under siege is many-layered and brilliantly told' Sunday Times Iraq, 2014 As ISIS laid terrible siege to Mosul, a zoo on the eastern edge of the Tigris was kept open against all odds. Under the stern hand of the zookeeper Abu Laith, whose name - loosely translated - means Father of Lions, its animals faced not only years of occupation, but starvation and bombardment by the liberating forces. Father of Lions is the story of Mosul Zoo: of resilience and human decency in the midst of barbarism. ' Father of Lions captures, with heartbreaking poignancy, the human cost of these conflicts' Josie Ensor, Middle East Correspondent for the Daily Telegraphy 'Through the story of a man who loves both lions and life, Louise Callaghan shows how humour and defiance can counter cruelty' Lindsey Hilsum, author of In Extremis