Clearinghouse Resource


One Day We Had to Run! Refugee Children Tell Their Stories in Words and Paintings, Revised edition


Wilkes, Sybella


London, England: Evans Brothers Ltd. in association with UNHCR (UK) and Save the Children

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

2004, 64 pages

Description of Resource

Records the experiences of a group of young refugees in Kenya, including the tragedies they witnessed, the dramas they survived, and the future they envision. Their stories, in words and images, speak for the 22 million refugees worldwide, many of whom are vulnerable children who have suffered horrific events. In addition to the children's vivid stories and paintings, the book provides information about the countries from which the children fled - Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda - all enduring civil war, chronic political instability, and unreliable weather conditions leading to drought, famine, and disease. A postscript describes the continuing chaos in Sierra Leone. Prepared in association with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Save the Children, this book can be used by teachers to help students explore concepts such as migration, justice, human rights, safety, environmental protection, economic development, poverty and wealth, and the experience ofbeing a newcomer. The stories and images contained in the book could be presented in school assemblies, to foster greater awareness of the refugee situation; and incorporated in the curriculum, to support lessons in geography, history, humanities and social studies, language, and citizenship.




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