"Andy Goss, as an experienced humanitarian worker and writer, gives the reader a striking and intimate account of the post-war scenario in a troubled corner of north-east Africa. This fascinating story highlights the call to personal action and how tangible change can be achieved in the most isolated and insecure communities in which humanitarian workers operate, sometimes at great personal risk – and gives a voice to the vulnerable and the disempowered, who so often go unheard."
Nic Street, International aid worker
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"For most people, mercifully, natural disasters are things that happen on the telly, to other people. The Humanitarian takes
you 'there' - to a place where ordinary people are left to fathom the unfathomable.
"Goss's intimate interweaving of fact and
fiction around the 2005 Kashmir earthquake disaster takes readers to places they will never forget and, God-willing, they
will never have to go."
Peter Foster, Financial Times
Cold Coffee in Asmara and The Humanitarian powerful contemporary novels by Andrew Goss
When traumatised aid worker John Cousins arrives in north-east Africa he hopes to find a sense of peace among a gentle people rebuilding their lives following a bitter and prolonged war.
In Eritrea he begins to forget his own emotional pain and lay to rest the ghosts of his previous mission in Pakistan. Will the work with fellow aid worker and nurse Hannah Johnson help heal the scars of his own grief? And what is the secret of her own past?
Across the desert plains bordering the Sudan to the stifling humidity of the Red Sea coastline, the rocky highland uplands of the mountains to the minefields of the Ethiopian border regions, both aid workers begin a remarkable journey of self-discovery among a people struggling to survive against the weight of poverty and disease. It is here that they begin to discover a new meaning in life.
Cold Coffee in Asmara is an uplifting story of loss and redemption in a remote part of the world where Arab, African and European influences collide. Though it spotlights challenging humanitarian issues it is essentially a story of hope.
The novel is the second in the author’s trilogy focusing on the trials and triumphs of those less fortunate in under-reported corners of the globe, who live their lives in the face of overwhelming odds, and where the lines between life and death are often finely drawn.
Andrew Goss is a journalist, writer and humanitarian reporter.
His work has led him to travel extensively and for several years
he lived in Pakistan, where he supported the aid and
He is a passionate advocate of education for the world’s
poorest, and specifically girls and young women.
Andrew lives in Leicester, in the heart of England, with his partner Claire, a nurse and former aid worker.
His dream is that one day the poorest across the Global South are freed from poverty through
greater equality of opportunity and fairer distribution of wealth – and that finally we learn to live as one. He hopes one day to return to Pakistan.
From the lush mountains at its centre, to the arid plains sweeping westard towards the Sudanese border, then eastwards into
the semi-tropical humidity of Red Sea coastline, Eritrea, like its peoples, is a land of contradictions. Here on the Horn of Africa
the threads of Arab, African and European cultures weave a rich tapestry of life under timeless skies dating back millennia.
Left and above: The highlands at the heart of the country
provide a relatively cool, lush and fertile landscape.
Above: Indefinite periods of military conscription are a major cause of migration. Right: A woman from the Arabic Rashaida tribe, whose settlements stretch from Eritrea into The Sudan.
Right: Shida Square, marking the long war of independence and (far right) a young woman tends to her goats on the parched plains.
Left: A traditional thatched dwelling in the shadow of the mountains and (above) Asmara, the country's capital.