Homes

Homes

A Refugee Story

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"Homes tells the story of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, a young boy whose family moved from Iraq to Syria just before the start of the Syrian civil war. It recounts what it was like living in Syria during this time -- the normal things like video games, sleepovers, and family jarringly juxtaposed with car bombings, massacres, and the constant threat of what could happen next. In 2014 the family finally found safety in immigrating to Edmonton, Canada, and the book also recounts both the gratefulness and the loneliness of the family's immigration experience."
Publisher: Calgary, Alberta : Freehand Books, 2018
ISBN: 9781988298283
Branch Call Number: 305.9 ALR 2018
Characteristics: 190 pages
Additional Contributors: Yeung, Winnie 1982-,

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SCL_Heather Jul 11, 2018

Abu Bakr was ten years old when the violence began on the streets of Homs, Syria. Just a year earlier he and his family had moved from Iraq in search of a life free from conflict. Little did they know that 4 years later they would have to build a new life once again. In 2014 the family arrived i... Read More »


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SCL_Heather Jul 11, 2018

Abu Bakr was ten years old when the violence began on the streets of Homs, Syria. Just a year earlier he and his family had moved from Iraq in search of a life free from conflict. Little did they know that 4 years later they would have to build a new life once again. In 2014 the family arrived in in Edmonton, Canada, as one of thousands of refugee families fleeing the Syrian civil war.

Struggling to learn English and missing home, Abu Bakr enlisted the help of his teacher Winnie Yeung to tell his story. In many ways, Abu Bakr’s life in Syria was like that of any other young boy: going to school, playing soccer, and helping out at the family business. The first time he finds bullet casings in the street, he collects them like a treasure. But soon, after being narrowly missed by gun fire in the street, and spending long, tense days hiding inside he comes to resent what those bullets stand for. His story puts a human face on the Syrian tragedy in the way that news reports never could.

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