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Debi Goodwin
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Citizens of Nowhere

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
An inspiring story of courage, adaptation and determinaton — a year in the life of 11 refugee students entering universities across Canada.

"Most journalists have stories they never forget. This is mine."

When Debi Goodwin travelled to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in 2007 to shoot a documentary on young Somali refugees soon coming to Canada, she did not anticipate the impact the
ebook, 217 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Doubleday Canada (first published January 1st 2010)
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Carol Harrison
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows 11 young students from a refugee camp in Kenya--10 are Somali and 1 is Ethiopian--to various universities across Canada, where they have won a place, and permanent residency in Canada, through the organization WUSC (World University Service of Canada). We meet each one before they leave, learn a little about their history and their family situation, and then we see the separation, the journey, and the arrival in a strange airport so far away from everything familiar. The author ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love that this book is written from a Canadian perspective. It helped me really relate to the circumstances of settlement for these students.

As someone interested in refugee settlement, I found this book offered a lot of insight. I really enjoyed learning about how the refugee students dealt with the culture shock of moving to Canada. One thing I found really interesting was how their perceptions of Canada changed once they spent some time here. In the refugee camps in Kenya, they saw Canada a
Debi Goodwin is a truly marvelous writer with an incredible eye for detail and the stuff of human existence. In this, her first book, she documents the story of 11 young people moving from some of the most difficult refugee camps in the world (On the border of Kenya and Somalia) to some of the finest universities on the planet. Goodwin is there as these truly bright warm folks try to find the balance between settling in a new world and not losing the links to the old.

I am a bit biased...I watch
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been interested in the stories of immigrants and refugees, especially their experiences after settling into their new country and trying to make a new life there so this book was a very interesting read for me. I think my only complaint would be that maybe following eleven people was a little too many and didn't allow her to go in depth into the experiences of any one of them, although it was easy enough to distinguish between them all. I would be interested in reading a ten year upd ...more
Scott Harris
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relatively light read, that follows the lives of 11 people and their experiences coming from a Sudanese background to begin educational studies in Canada. It traces their experiences and their reflections at various stages in this process.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thorough overview of the transition of 11 Somalian refugees to life as university students in Canada. I enjoyed reading about their journey and the shock and adjustment to Canadian culture, but the story of their first year seemed to drag on a little.
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on the plight of refugees resettled in North America
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