World Refugee Day

June 20 is World Refugee Day. This day was created to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Help Windsor Public Library celebrate World Refugee Day by learning more about the situation of refugees throughout the world. The following selections are just a few of the many books we house that provide amazing information about the state of refugees across the globe.

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis
This book provides interviews with twenty-three young Iraqi children who have moved away from their homeland. Featuring tales that are both heartbreaking and inspiring, we learn of their fears, challenges, and the struggles to rebuild their lives in foreign lands as refugees of war.

Citizens of Nowhere: From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus by Debi Goodwin
This book follows a year in the life of 11 students from the Dadaab Refugee Camp entering universities across Canada. Tracking these lives from the overcrowded confines of a Kenyan refugee camp to Canadian campuses, the book offers a dramatic snapshot of a refugee’s adjustments to new life in a foreign country.

Singing to the Dead: A Missioner’s Life Among Refugees From Burma by Victoria Armour-Hileman
This memoir recounts a Catholic missioner’s work alongside the Mon Buddhist monks of Bangkok, who harboured refugees from Burma following the Burmese government’s war on its indigenous people.

What is What by Dave Eggers
In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States.

Tightrope Passage: Along the Refugee Route to Canada by Ivo Moravec
In 1983 Ivo Moravec and his family defected from communist Czechoslovakia. This book is the author’s eloquent and compelling memoir of the months he, his wife and child spent as refugees in Austria before they left for new life in Canada.

Find these and many other books about refugees at the Windsor Public Library.


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