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Unknown: A Refugee’s Story
Written by:
Akuch Kuol Anyieth 
Read by:
Dami OlukoyaAkuch Kuol Anyieth 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 57 minutes 
August 01 2022 
Available Date:
August 01 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Autobiography; Memoirs 
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Australian author

Shortlisted National Biography Award 2023

A moving, confronting and ultimately uplifting story about a young girl’s escape, with her family, from war-torn South Sudan to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, and then to Australia.

In 1996, when Akuch Kuol Anyieth is five, her mother flees from war-torn South Sudan to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya with her children, while her husband stays to fight in the civil war. The family spends nine long years in the camp, eking out an unimaginable existence amid famine, disease, extreme heat and chronic violence. Finally, in 2005, they are granted a humanitarian visa to Australia, but the reality of their new life in Melbourne is complex. Akuch’s brother spirals out of control, while the family feels isolated and a target of racism. But Akuch is determined, excelling in school and doing her best to be a regular teen, while she and her family slowly draw away from the cycle of violence. Unknown is a powerful homage to the strength of Akuch’s mother, who protected them all against terrible odds. It is a story of sadness and anger, but also of grace and humour, love and triumphant survival.

'This is a compelling story about what it means to be a black refugee in Australia, told with fierce intelligence and urgency.'
Alice Pung, author of Unpolished Gem

'Akuch Kuol Anyieth's story is unwavering in its power, insight and grace. A riveting, necessary book.’
Sarah Krasnostein, author of The Trauma Cleaner and The Believer

'A remarkable story told by a remarkable woman ... A true testament to the strength of a family, told with honesty, clarity, and love.'
Sara El Sayed, author of Muddy People