- Top 10 books about exile - 3 November 2016
"From Colm Tóibín’s story of renewal in Brooklyn to Mourid Barghouti’s desolate experience in Palestine, these stories show some of the many meanings of home and its loss."
- The Other Side of Truth "is a children's novel about Nigerian political refugees by Beverley Naidoo, published in 2000.
A powerful story about justice and freedom of speech, it received several awards including the Carnegie Medal.
The novel is set in the autumn of 1995 during the reign of the despot General Abacha who is waging a campaign of suppression against journalists.
A Nigerian girl and her younger brother have to leave Nigeria suddenly when their mother is killed during an assassination attempt on their outspoken journalist father. They are abandoned in London and have to cope with the police, social services and school bullies."
The Other Side of Truth - Worksheets
"Tell a lie, play with fire. But don’t complain about the smoke!"
The Other Hand, also known as Little Bee,
"is a 2008 novel by British author Chris Cleave. It is a dual narrative story about a Nigerian asylum-seeker and a British magazine editor, who meet during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta, and are re-united in England several years later. Cleave, inspired as a university student by his temporary employment in an asylum detention centre, wrote the book in an attempt to humanise the plight of asylum-seekers in Britain. The novel examines the treatment of refugees by the asylum system, as well as issues of British colonialism, globalization, political violence and personal accountability."
Meet novelist Chris Cleave.
- Migration across the Mediterranean: A poem - VIDEO - 21 April 2015
"Nour is a Syrian who fled the conflict in his country. He spent 11 days at a sea crossing from Egypt to Italy.
This is the poem he wrote about his experience, told to BBC Arabic."
Daniel J. Hall "(born 1952) is an award-winning American poet."
"To sail on an ocean
My child always wanted to sail on an ocean
I look unto you now
And can only imagine how your dream has been poisoned
With the salt blistering your skin
And a look of bewildered terror
Faith hammers cantankerously at the table
And demands such fear of the young
Who clutch their hands, so aware
Of the black mass which swells beneath them
And which I cannot urge them to forget
Those voices lost in the void
On a wind which on other days may serve as the breeze
To a family holiday, or a yachtsman’s paradise
But now only carries the howls of a nightmare
All will be fine, the words cannot ring true even to my ear
As custodian what hell I have brought you to
A hell which you cannot understand
But have accepted, though trust ought abandon you
To see new lands
My brother always wanted to see new lands
But not to flee his own
You charge into peril
But what land greets you now,
A land with arms open or a closed fist?
Robbed of a country and an identity.
To be the strength of your convictions
To be the strength of your convictions said my grandfather
But now I have no strength."
Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan