Written by Zaynab Abdi
Illustrated by Achraf Attar
Published by Green Card Voices
Zaynab was born in Somalia and raised by her grandmother in Yemen, where they experienced a simple but beautiful life before unrest came to the country. Follow Zaynab as she flees to Egypt with her sister. Feel the love she is greeted with in America when she joins her mother and two sisters she has never met. Watch her grow as an advocate as she takes on the leadership opportunities within high school and university. Upon meeting Malala Yousafzai, and speaking at the United Nations, she becomes a voice for refuge.
“In America I found MY REFUGE, and my education. Now I use MY VOICE and speak out in order to promote more justice in the world.” – Zaynab Abdi
The stunning black ink drawings come from the pen of Egyptian born artist Ashraf El-Attar. Voice for Refuge will be a powerful addition to classrooms and school libraries, expanding their collections to include the voice of Black, Muslim, Middle Eastern immigrant girls and women.
Primary ISBN: 9781949523256
Publication Date: May 2023
Available As: Hardcover
Graphic Memoir, Age 08 or older
Themes: Bilingual Book: Arabic/English, Family Relationship: Siblings, Family Separation: On Journey, Graphic Novel, Multilingual Character, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Journey, Refugee: Unspecified, Religious Background: Muslim, Unaccompanied Minors
Setting: Somalia, Yemen, Egypt, United States
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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