Written by Samya Kullab
Illustrated by Jackie Roche
Published by Firefly Books, Limited
From the pen of former Daily Star (Lebanon) reporter Samya Kullab comes this breathtaking and hard-hitting story of one family’s struggle to survive in the face of war, displacement, poverty and relocation.
Escape from Syriais a fictionalized account that calls on real-life circumstances and true tales of refugee families to serve as a microcosm of the Syrian uprising and the war and refugee crisis that followed. More than 22,000 copies of the book have sold to date and sadly there is no end in sight for the catastrophe in Syria. Knowing a personal story from behind the news helps young people to understand.
The story spans six years in the lives of Walid, his wife Dalia, and their two children, Amina and Youssef. Forced to flee from Syria, they become asylum-seekers in Lebanon, and finally resettled refugees in the West. It is a story that has been replayed thousands of times by other families.
When the family home in Aleppo is destroyed by a government-led bomb strike, Walid has no choice but to take his wife and children and flee their war-torn and much loved homeland. They struggle to survive in the wretched refugee camps of Lebanon, and when Youssef becomes very ill as a result of the poor hygienic conditions, his father is forced to take great personal risk to save his family.
Primary ISBN: 9781770859821
Publication Date: October 2017
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Graphic Novel, Young Adult , Age 12 or older
Community Represented: Syrian/Syrian American
Themes: Canadian Connection, Citizenship, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Storytelling, Family Relationship: Parents, Family Separation: Different Immigration Status, Genre: Historical, Graphic Novel, Loss of Childhood, Refugee Camp, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Starred Review
Setting: Syria (Aleppo), Lebanon, Canada
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee
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