Today, in violence-torn regions across the globe, 20 million children have been uprooted, orphaned, or injured by war, famine, and poverty. This is their story . . . and ours.
In this powerful and unforgettable book—by turns painful, funny, terrifying, and triumphant—Charles London takes us into the world of refugee children, celebrating their unique skills for survival and reflection. Their remarkable stories and drawings chill the blood and touch the heart, offering an indelible, first hand portrait of the war that rages beyond the headlines.
About the Author
Charles London is a former research associate with Refugees International and director of curriculum for War Kids Relief, a peace-building organization. He is the 1999 winner of the Rolling Stone College Journalism Award, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and other national publications. He has been a young-adult librarian for the New York Public Library and is the author of One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War. He lives in New York City.
What People are Saying About This
“The stories told by these children...are essential to our humanity...”
“An unblinking account of a peculiar human reality...a wise and captivating story.”
“Charles London brings an uncomfortable truth to life. This book is often difficult reading, but attention must be paid.”
“A profound and deeply moving journey into the minds of children who live with war.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
London's book is not a mournful nor sentimental way of telling another story. He gives the reader a personal level relationship with the children he has come to know so well and by doing so, these children are not just another news story. He provides insightful information while bringing attention to a growing problem of the world. It is disturbing to read because of how true it is. A must read for everyone!
This is a powerful book outlining the suffering and courage of the innocent when caught up in the horrors of war. It offers a terrifying look at their lives all over the globe. It also offers reasons to have hope and reasons to worry as some are determined to leave hatred behind and some are immersed in an atmosphere that will perpetuate hatred.