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Homes: A Refugee Story

av Abu Bakr al Rabeeah

Andra författare: Winnie Yeung (Författare)

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria ?? just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy ?? soccer, cousins, video games, friends. Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone ?? and found safety in Canada ?? with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understa… (mer)
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A quick and essential read. ( )
  Dorothy2012 | Apr 22, 2024 |
Powerful true story of a teen who, having fled Iraq with his family, experiences war in Syria and eventually is able to emigrate to Canada. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
I am sorry I slept on this for Canada Reads, but happy I picked it up for the #BigLibraryRead.

While this is a tough book about a family going from Iraq to Syria to Canada all through the Arab Spring, it was ultimately an inspiring book about faith, trust, and the love of family. While bullets are flying, it is the power of family which overcomes these harsh experiences. I am so glad I read it. ( )
  Nerdyrev1 | Nov 23, 2022 |
Homes: A Refugee Story left me with many emotions. Gratitude for being born when and where I was. A deep sadness at the horrors we inflict upon one another. Disbelief that right now there are people out there just hoping for for one more day of safety for their family.

Telling this from the view of a young boy made it even more moving for me, a child should never have to live under those circumstances but yet they do every day.

I can't stop thinking of the quote attributed to Plato. "Be kind, for every one you meet is fighting a hard battle." A good reminder to be patient with people who may not understand things right away. No one wants to leave their home and become a refugee. It must be terrifying.

Highly recommended - the world would be a better place if we all read this book ( )
  NicholeReadsWithCats | Jun 17, 2022 |
A good read to help build empathy for refugees. Accessible to teens. Reminded me quite a bit of Kite Runner, in that a young boy is the narrator, and seeing his country and situations through his eyes bring universality to the story. I learned so much from Bakr's account of leaving Iraq and then Syria. Glad it was selected as a Big Library Read from Overdrive. ( )
  ms_rowse | Jan 1, 2022 |
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Both Homes and The Boy on the Beach humanize a conflict that has too often been condensed to numbers, statistics, and nameless victims. The western gaze reduces Syria to an abstraction of civil war, hunger, violence, and conflicting political and religious factions. But these books force the reader to face the complexities of place. In addition to war and suffering, Syria is also a home, a locus of family and memory. Kurdi and al Rabeeah are both aware of the magnanimity of Syrian hospitality – the kindness of neighbours and strangers alike, regardless of faith – that prevails even in the face of death. To reduce Syria to a hollowed-out symbol of war is to wilfully ignore the spirit of its people, which persists even in the most dire circumstances.

In Homes, al Rabeeah recalls the challenges of adapting to Canadian culture, weather, and language, and he expresses guilt for struggling to find his footing in a new land. He speaks of the solitude that descended on his family: “we were each so wrapped up in our own kinds of loneliness that we got used to our little islands of grief.” Fear remains in his body but manifests now in the aching absence of gunfire – it lives in what is unheard and unseen, and what is left behind.
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria ?? just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy ?? soccer, cousins, video games, friends. Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone ?? and found safety in Canada ?? with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understa

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