The news has been filled with some pretty horrific images and stories about refugees escaping from the Middle East, but unfortunately this isn’t “new” news. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced from their homes and it can be difficult to explain this to kids. The Red Cross has produced a web comic called Over Under Sideways Down that tells the true story of a young refugee called Ebrahim. He was just 15 years old when he fled Iran, fearing for his life – and completely alone. He was interviewed by comic artist Karrie Fransman about his journey from Iran to the UK, and Fransman was able to successfully capture the events and emotions in this brief book. So today’s entry isn’t so much a book review; instead it’s a resource for some resources if you’re struggling with how to help and how to talk about these events.
Here are some places to donate if you’re interested in helping:
Knights of Columbus will be financing the delivery of one month’s supply of food for Iraqui Christians – that more than 13,500 displaced families from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains who fled to the Erbil area in Kurdistan.
The International Rescue Committee – IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities.
And here’s a list of other books from School Library Journal to help you talk about these current events with kids.