Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah
Homes tells the story of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, a young boy whose family moved from Iraq to Syria just before the start of the Syrian civil war. It recounts what it was like living in Syria during this time—the normal things like video games, sleepovers, and family jarringly juxtaposed with car bombings, massacres, and the constant threat of what could happen next. In 2014, the family finally found safety by immigrating to Edmonton, Canada, where they encountered both gratefulness and loneliness in their new home country.
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Professional Book Nerds, Podcast. "On today's very special episode, Jill and Adam speak with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, co-creators of Homes: A Refugee Story."
National Post. "ESL teacher Winnie Yeung and student Abu Bakr al Rabeeah crafted Homes: A Refugee Story — which follows his life in Iraq and Syria and move to in Canada"
CBC Books. "The memoir tells the story of al Rabeeah's childhood in Iraq and Syria, playing soccer with his cousins and working with his father in the midst of civil war, before they came to Canada as refugees."
Statistics Canada. "In 2015, the Canadian government announced a plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of February 2016, in the wake of the ongoing war in Syria since 2011 and the ensuing humanitarian crisis."