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Building the Impossible

Paperback – October 10, 2018

Ebook | $9.99 Paperback | $19.95

Pre-Publication Sale price: $17.95

The official release date of this book is October 10, 2018.

However, for Zebiba’s supporters, we are offering a discounted pre-publication sale of $17.95  exclusively through the Hugo House Publishers, Ltd., bookstore. You will receive an early edition of the book, and a generous portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to fund the high-school for girls in the Eritrean refugee camps in Eastern Sudan.

The Mothers knew what they needed: a high school for our girls.

It’s an impossible request, for these mothers barely subsist in the Eritrean refugee camps in the Eastern Sudan. It is a hostile, barren environment, devoid of water, food, even basic sanitation.

Zebiba Shekhia and the Eritrean people had endured so much up to this point: the brutality and genocide perpetrated on Eritrea by Haile Selassie and then the notorious dictator, Mengistu; the hardship of fleeing her own country under cover of night as the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea raged overhead.

She made it to America, but would the same determination to find a better life hold her through her darkest moments?

Would she be able to keep her promise and find a way to get that high school for girls built?

Be inspired by Zebiba’s tenacity as she found a way to help the mothers and daughters of her homeland find a better life through education.


Title: Building the Impossible: A Refugee’s Journey of Giving Back
Author: Zebiba Shekhia
ISBN – 978-1-948261-10-4, Trade Paperback.
ISBN -: MOBI 978-1-948261-10-4
ISBN – eBook: EPUB 978-1-948261-10-4
LOCCN – 2018947911
Pages: 204
List Price: Trade Paperback – $19.95. EBook – $9.99
Trim: 5×8 Perfect Bound on crème w/Matte Lam.
Publication date: October 10, 2018

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“War is always bloody. It traumatizes, but I am always amazed at the ability of victims to forgive their tormentors. Zebiba vowed to go back …I commend her in her mission … For when you help one child find his or her way out of poverty and give that child an education, you give that child hope. One child then teaches the next how to hope, and soon you have a people restored, a nation at peace, a world that can love.”

From the Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Winner


“To capture the essence of a human being—that is the purpose and the power of stories, and that is exactly what Zebiba Shekhia has captured in this book.

Here is a story of how one woman escaped, not just the horrors of war and genocide, but something that is more insidious, more destructive even, than murder—poverty.  But, it is precisely because she has escaped that hellish fate that she feels that she must go back and help the women and children in all the war-torn areas of Africa.”

From the Afterword by Professor Muhammad Yunus 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner