Khaled Hosseini’s Response to the Refugee Crisis

By Kayleigh Voss | September 17 2018 | Common ReadsHumanities & Social Sciences

Join Khaled Hosseini on Tuesday 9/18 from 1:30pm ET / 5:30pm GMT on his Facebook page, where he will be responding to questions from fans all over the world.


From Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite RunnerAnd The Mountains Echoed, and A Thousand Splendid Suns, comes an illustrated book for readers of all ages: Sea Prayer. Affected as we all were by the images of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Hosseini imagined the tragedy from the point of view of Kurdi’s father. The result is this poetic book that reads as a letter from father to son on the eve of a treacherous journey. The man’s fear and trepidation is buoyed by hope and optimism as he remembers a city now destroyed by violence and looks toward a safer future for his family.

Hosseini wrote Sea Prayer as a tribute to Alan Kurdi and the thousands of other refugees who have lost their lives at sea. As he said, “Let it be a reminder of the unfathomable despair that forces people to risk everything they have.”

Hosseini will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Hosseini appeared on NBC / Late Night with Seth Meyers last night where he spoke about the book, his personal experience coming to the U.S. as a refugee exactly 37 years ago, and what people can do to help refugees in their community. Watch the full interview here.

Sea Prayer
The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world.
$15.00 US
Sep 18, 2018
48 Pages
Riverhead Books