The book explores a young athlete’s decision to seize an opportunity, to defy his government, to break the silences, to expose the hidden truths in Ethiopia, to risk death and pay the price of exile.
Feyisa Lilesa, an Ethiopian runner, reached the finish line in the men’s marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games with his arms raised above his head, crossed at the wrists. Crossed wrists represent a non-violent protest sign: they symbolise the handcuffs of captivity; voluntary restraint of coiled power; and outward palms with no weapons hidden. He won the silver medal and the attention of the world.
IN THE BLOGS THAT FOLLOW, I EXPLAIN HOW I FOUND AND WROTE FEYISA’S STORY.