By John Smith • 26 February 2020 • 17:14
BORN and educated in Gibraltar, Paul Ogarra now lives in Fuengirola and has started writing books for young adults.
His first book The Boy who Sailed to Spain tells the story of Masunun who is a Christian living in North Africa who following the murder of his father crosses the sea to try to find a protection for his family.
His second book Malak Desert Child is a thought-provoking adventure story that is set in Morocco and the Sahara, and revolves around five-year-old girl, Malak who is young, but possesses a remarkable spiritual wisdom that influences all those around her.
She, her mother and sister are rescued by friends from an abusive, alcoholic father and begin an epic journey to reach her mother’s own people, a tribe in Western Sahara.
Morocco, however, uses this as a pretext to invade the disputed territory of the Western Sahara. What began as a mission of mercy may end with an all-out war, unless a miracle happens.
In this book in particular, the author wants to introduce younger readers to real-world issues and remind readers of the ongoing Western Sahara conflict between the Polisario Front and the Kingdom of Morocco.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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