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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Books for Refugee Week

Join in and celebrate Refugee Week 2019 from Sunday June 16 to Saturday June 22, 2019

The theme this year is Share a Meal, Share a Story.   Go to the website to check out the events map and see what is happening near you or to find a RECIPE to cook!

As for stories to share, here are some suggestions.

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Growing Up African in Australia edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together voices from the regions of Africa and the African diaspora, including the Caribbean and the Americas. Told with passion, power and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians.

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Zenobia by Morten Dur

Zenobia is a heartbreaking and all-too-real story of one child’s experience of war.Told with great sensitivity in few words and almost exclusively with pictures, Zenobia is a story for everyone.

Songbird  by Ingrid Laguna

Jamila has left her friends, her school and her home in Iraq, and now she has a new home in Australia. She misses her best friend and worries for her dad’s safety back in Iraq. It’s hard to speak and write in English all day. And Jamila has a secret she wants to keep hidden. Songbird is a tender story about belonging, about the importance of friendship and asking for help, and about the parts of our lives we keep concealed.

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The Ones that Disappeared by Zana Fraillon

Around the world, millions of people – including many children – are victims of human trafficking. These modern-day slaves often go unseen even in our own cities and towns, their voices silent and their stories untold. In this incredible book, Zana Fraillon imagines the story of three such children, Esra, Miran and Isa. The result is powerful, heartbreaking and unforgettable.

Cover of the book A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

 A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey. While this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

by Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the faces behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide. In a time of immigration crises, war and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder from one of the world’s most prominent young activists that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person – often a young person – with hopes and dreams, and that everyone deserves universal human rights and a safe home.

You can find another book list here for more suggestions.

Perhaps your school or local library has a Refugee Week Event?