Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees

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Groundwood Books Ltd, Mar 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages

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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Introduction
12
Hibba 16
19
R 18
26
Michael 12
32
Sara 15
38
Eva 17
42
Bashar 12
49
Haythem 8
54
Rusol 16 Sally 15 and Vinn 16
73
B 16
78
Abbadar 12
83
Masim 15
87
Abdullah 13
94
Shahid 10
99
Haneen 10
105
SW 19
109

Widian 14
57
Laith 11
61
Abinminak 8
66
Eman 18
71
Huthaifa 19 and Yeman 13
116
Glossary
126
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About the author (2009)

Deborah Ellis has won the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has been named to the Order of Ontario.

She is best known for her Breadwinner Trilogy, set in Afghanistan and Pakistan — a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with $2 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.

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