As a parent with young children of my own, my heart ached for Esra, Miran and Isa, the three main characters in The Ones That Disappeared. The families in this story are so full of desperation to break their cycle of poverty that they unknowingly put their children in grave danger and into the hands of powerful and abusive criminals. It is then up to the brave young warriors to forge their path to freedom, but their escape is fraught with danger and despair.
The book is poignant and beautifully written. The subject of child trafficking and child labour is confronting but so important to share with the world and for society to listen and take action. I loved this book and highly recommend Zana Fraillon’s books to young adult and adult readers.