Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees
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In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war -- Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families have left Iraq with money; others are penniless and ill or disabled. Most of the children have parents who are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat.
Ellis provides an historical overview and brief explanations of context, but other than that allows the children to speak for themselves, with minimal editorial comment or interference. Their stories are frank, harrowing and sometimes show surprising resilience, as the children try to survive the consequences of a war in which they played no part. A glossary, map and suggestions for further information are included.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ronicadibartolo - LibraryThing
What a great book to read about the war over in Iraqi. This book gives a graphic image of how the children and their families lived through such horrifying situations. As an adult, I can only imagine ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ydraughon - LibraryThing
Deborah Ellis interviews children who have become victims of the Iraqi war. The children tell thier story of life before the war and how their lives have changed since. It is interesting to hear a different side of the Iraqi war. I would use this in a world history class. Grades 6-12. Read full review