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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Lyrical and poignant, A Note From The No Fire Zone by Kass Ghayouri is a nonfiction memoir that captures with forensic clarity the details of the genocide in Sri Lanka, a genocide that lasted for a decade under the watchful gaze of the international community. The narrative follows the life of a medical doctor who immersed himself among the suffering masses to alleviate their pain, but he also met with tragedy, shelled by the military. In this memoir, readers revisit the gory theme of man’s inhumanity to man and read about the ruthlessness of the military in Sri Lanka and the barbarism with which they massacred the Tamils.
The narrative begins with a historical event, the protest march to pass a message to the Sri Lankan government through the Canadian government: “May 15, 2009, like a swarm of bees a colony was formed. It was a hyperbole of millions of bees who swarmed with success. They were not perceived as a threat but were there to respond to a brutal, bloody, belligerent threat. Like a colony of bees thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils perch themselves on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, Canada.” Kass Ghayouri writes in a style that is both poetic and highly descriptive and he conveys vivid, somewhat gory images to readers, images that are not good for the faint of heart. This book is one of the best I have read in protest literature and it features a man who is deeply human and courageous. A Note From The No Fire Zone is a powerful indictment of genocide and repressive governments, a memoir that upholds the belief in the rights of all persons, especially the most vulnerable. Both informative and inspiring.