Far From Home: Refugees and migrants fleeing war, persecution and poverty

Cath Senker

10-12 years
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28 March 2019
64 pages

A sensitive and accessible account of the refugee crisis facing millions around the world.

What if you had to leave your home and you could never go back? What do you think that would be like?

For millions of Syrian and Iraqi citizens (and for people from many other nations around the world), these are the question they face. The current, desperate situation in their homelands and the mass migrations from the Middle East is both shocking to us, and sadly nothing new. Far From Home addresses the clear need for a balanced and informative book on this complex topic. It examines the root causes of mass migrations from both a historical and current perspective. Historical sources and first-hand accounts are used to explore racism, religion, life in refugee camps and the challenges migrant and refugees face on arrival in new lands, alongside the response of host countries. The book will also look at the difficult and dangerous journeys people make in an attempt to reach a safe haven and life in refugee camps, with the constant struggle to access shelter, warmth, food, medicine and education.

Designed to be accessible to both children and adults, this book is an open and balanced tool for opening discussions around these sensitive issues.

For children aged 11+.

Author Cath Senker is an expert on writing in this area. She has housed refugees in her own home and is active in helping to provide education to those arriving in Britain.

Winner of The Society of Authors ALCS Educational Writers' Award, 2018.

A very topical subject and one that our children really need to know about ... the book is an open and balanced tool for opening discussions around these sensitive issues, well-illustrated with contemporary illustrations. It helps children and young people to really understand the plight of refugees, encouraging them to think about the situation.

Parents In Touch

An excellent KS3 introduction and analysis of various refugees and migrants fleeing war and poverty, with a particular focus on the current refugee crisis affecting the Middle East.

The School Librarian

If you wondering how to talk to children about refugees I highly recommend this book. - The Godbers Travel blog