Two stories of parenting and the fear of the drowning of one’s child based on real experiences. The juxtaposition of the stories reveals the many similarities in them, but at the same time the difference between the situations where these events happened. The first story describes how the daughter of a Finnish narrator was nearly drowned on a holiday trip to the beach. The second is based on the recollections of a Kurdish refugee of what it was like to cross the Mediterranean Sea on a smuggler boat with a small child, as the family fled Isis’s attacks and war in Iraq. The work describes the state one may experience after traumatic experiences, as well as survival, and the importance of both speaking and listening.
The Inland Sea