Don't Tell Me You're Afraid
Based on a remarkable true story, Don't Tell Me You're Afraid is a moving, inspiring novel of a life lived in hope.
Samia Omar grows up in war-torn Somalia, dreaming of being a world-class sprinter. She sleeps with a photo of Mo Farah by her bed and trains hard. After achieving a place on the national team to compete in the Beijing Olympics, she sets her sights on t...more
One of the things I love about watching the Olympics is the opening ceremony when the athletes march into the arena carrying the flags of their nations, donning match outfits, and faces filled with smiles of pride and anticipation of a chance to make their dream of winning a medal come true. I'm always touched by the smaller teams of a few and you can't help but know they have struggled more than anyone to get there. So I wonder if I saw the young woman named Samia Yusaf Omar, whose story this n ...more
To be born as a female with great soul and big dreams in such area is a greater catastrophe
Even the ordinary and simple things that people everywhere else take for granted and the most simple creatures are free to do like running , swimming and singing will be prohibited and tabooed
I know exactly what it means , I was born in such an area .
What it was hard for me to understand ...more
This is young Samia Yusuf Omar representing Somalia during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Don't Tell Me You're Afraid is the fictionalized account of her journey to these games and her attempted journey to the 2012 London Olympics. When you see these smaller, possibly war torn countries during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies I don't think we realize what the athletes must experience to compete on this level. This book truly helped me understand why these athletes should be appreciated and recognized ...more
The MC was splayed open in a way that only the innocent can be, who has nothing to hide. It was a raw look at the workings of a girl who had dreams, hopes and an amazing ability, but was held back by a war torn cou ...more
Samia was born in Somalia, to a poor family but dreamed of competing in the Olympics. She achieved this dream at Beijing with no coach, no proper diet, no training facility and in the face of violent opposition by the Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group. She aspired to doing bette ...more
رحمك الله سامية وتغمدك بواسع رحمته
after hearing about samia yusuf omar's tragedic story the italian writer Giuseppe Catozzella decided to collect the more infos he couls and write a book in samia's POV.
it goes from from when samia was 8years old, when her dreams and goals bloomed, until she was 21 when everything fanished in the deep sea.
this book is about a young dreamy soul,( just like you, just like me), a soumalian girl who would always train in order t ...more
'The afternoon was wonderful. I had my whole life ahead of me, and ...more
This book tells the story of families living in the midst of civil war w ...more
This is the inspiring story of a girl pursuing her dream of running, and winning in the Olympics. She fights through political, religious and social terrorism in her country and standing up for women's freedom and rights, all while training endlessly thro ...more
Semi biographical story of a young Yemini athlete, Samia Omar, who was born and brought up in a country in the middle of a civil war. Trying to run and compete in a male dominated, extremely Muslim rebel area, where to be outside alone without wearing the full Burka, could lead to a b ...more
Pray, wait, and read. In fact there were letters in that prison. In Arabic, in Somali, in Ethiopian, and in English, left there somehow, for some reason, tossed aside in a corner, accumulated over years and years. Letters from prisoners or from their loved ones. Maybe they were mementos of the dead that the guards had never had the nerve to discard. In those letters there were lives. And so, reading them, I rediscovered what no longer existed inside of me. Life. Memories. ...more
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This book opens your mind to the life of a young girl, Samia from Mogadishu, who has a dream to be an Olympic champion and the barriers and obstacles she faces to make her dream come true.
This book needs to be read by many to give us insight of what it's like to be a refugee.
This story is even more haunting ...more
What we should care about, is people like Samia. Their sheet determination, courage and drive. Their having NOTHING but a dream. A dream that is actualized, ye ...more
I will be thinking about Samia, the wars of Somali, and the trials of refugees for a long time.,
i recommend the audible version of this book, the narrator Adjoa Andoh was fantastic.
Catozzella has published across multiple literary genres, including plays, short stories and novels, and writes on the main Italian newspapers La Rep ...more