A walk across the sun by Corban Addison was a book I finished rather quick. The more than 400 pages just flew by. Not because it was an easy read, but because the story was excellent.
After a tsunami wipes out their home at the coast of India, Ahalya Ghai and her sister Sita are now alone in the world. Since they can’t stay where they are, they try to travel to the monastery where they go to school. Turns out they can’t always trust the people they have met before. They are kidnapped and sold into a brutal world where a childs innocence is the most valuable thing.
Halfway across the world from Ahalya and Sita, in Washington D.C., Thomas Clarke has problems. Thomas’ problems are both professional (he works as an attorney) and personal. Due to the problems, he takes a year off to work for an organization that try to fight human trafficking in India.
The book starts off very dramatic, with an earthquake and a tsunami. At first I was impressed by how calm and collected Ahalya was. Then I almost got mad at her for not listening to her instincts, even though I understand they didn’t think they had any other option. All of this happens within the first 17 pages, which in turn make me impressed by the author.
Thomas’ start is somewhat slower. Yes, there is still dramatic enough, but it’s not a tsunami. In some ways his story feels slower all through the book, probably because Ahalyas and Sitas stories are so powerful.
I don’t know much about human trafficking, just small bits and pieces that I have read in the news. I’m pretty sure those things exist in Norway too, but it’s never in the news. It’s a widespread problem, it is all over the world. It’s a dark world that operate outside the law, and from what I could gather from the book, pretty much impossible to stop.
One of the character says, almost at the end of the book (my translation from norwegian): “We can win the war, but not by putting those that are behind the human trafficking in jail. The human trafficking will stop when men stop bying women. Until that happens, the best we can hope for, is to win one battle at the time.”
I don’t think that it will actually happen, but it still leaves me with the hope that someday it can stop. And some days hope is all there is…