In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees

In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees

In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees

In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees


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Five refugees recount their courageous journeys to America — and the unimaginable struggles that led them to flee their homelands — in a powerful work from the author of Beyond Magenta and We Are Here to Stay.

“From 1984, when I was born, until July 16, 2017, when I arrived in the United States, I never lived in a place where there was no war.” — Fraidoon

An Iraqi woman who survived capture by ISIS. A Sudanese teen growing up in civil war and famine. An Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Army living under threat of a fatwa. They are among the five refugees who share their stories in award-winning author and photographer Susan Kuklin’s latest masterfully crafted narrative. The five, originally from Afghanistan, Myanmar, South Sudan, Iraq, and Burundi, give gripping first-person testimonies about what it is like to flee war, face violent threats, grow up in a refugee camp, be sold into slavery, and resettle in America. Illustrated with full-color photographs of the refugees’ new lives in Nebraska, this work is essential reading for understanding the devastating impact of war and persecution — and the power of resilience, optimism, and the will to survive. Included in the end matter are chapter notes, information on resettlement and U.S. citizenship, historical time lines of war and political strife in the refugees’ countries of origin, resources for further reading, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536211863
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
File size: 30 MB
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Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Susan Kuklin is the award-winning author and photographer of more than thirty books for children and young adults that address social issues and culture, including No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row; Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, a Stonewall Honor Book; and We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults. Her photographs have appeared in documentary films and in Time magazine, Newsweek, and the New York Times. Susan Kuklin lives in New York City.

I was lucky. When I was a kid my family introduced me to art, theater, and books. Dinner talk often centered around the idea of social justice for all. I listened—and wanted to know more. My dream, though, was to become a ballerina or a stage actress. After high school I moved to New York, where I majored in theater at New York University. Becoming a character in a play was so much fun. It was not that I didn’t like being me, I was simply curious to know what it was like to be someone else. Then my uncle bought a Leica camera, and my life changed. Together we began exploring the world through the lens of his camera. Somehow the combination of theater arts and photography helped me develop into a nonfiction author. Go figure.

Beyond Magenta brings together so many things that are deep inside my bones: social justice, photography, and interpreting the lives of diverse human beings. I’ve learned so much from the wonderful teens in my book. With their help, I continue to grow.

Table of Contents

Welcome to Nebraska, Welcome Home ix

Part I Arrive

Fraidoon | Country of Origin: Afghanistan | Ethnic Group: Tajik

Map: Afghanistan x

1 The First Day of My Life 3

2 Fraidoon 17

3 Fred 28

4 Who Would Marry Someone with a Fatwa on His Head? 35

5 Coming to America, the Hard Way 47

6 The Black Hole of Red Tape 54

Part II Birth

Nathan | Country of Origin: Myanmar/Thailand | Ethnic Group: Kan

Map: Myanmar and Thailand 64

7 Flip-Flops, Rice, Soccer 67

8 TV, Hamburgers, Football 77

Part III Run

Nyarout | Country of Origin: South Sudan | Ethnic Group: Nuer

Map: South Sudan and Ethiopia 92

9 In Africa 95

10 In America 109

Part IV Survive

Shireen | Country of Origin: Northern Iraq | Ethnic Group: Yazidi

Map: Northern Iraq 134

11 Captured 137

12 For Sale 147

13 The Black Hole of Captivity 155

14 After 165

Part V Home

Dieudonné | Country of Origin: Burundi | Ethnic Group: Hutu and Tutsi

Map: Burundi and Tanzania 170

15 Early One Morning 173

16 Heaven 183

17 Umoja 193

Part VI Notes and Resources

The Refugee Process 214

Author's Note 218

Acknowledgments 221

About Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska 224

About the Yazda Cultural Center 227

Chapter Notes 228

Time Lines 235

Resources 241

Index 244

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