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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  952 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai will start with her own story of displacement as an Internally Displaced Person to show what it means to lose your home, your community, and the only world you've ever known. She will also share the personal stories of some of the girls she has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and the cities where refugee girls and thei ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2019)
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In my opinion, yes. Sex trafficking is mentioned and violence (war, murder, genocide) appears frequently, but it's not described…more
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In my opinion, yes. Sex trafficking is mentioned and violence (war, murder, genocide) appears frequently, but it's not described graphically.

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Isaiah It looks like it could have been a hundred different reasons from what I could gather on Visa denials. It could be anything from being deemed too sick…moreIt looks like it could have been a hundred different reasons from what I could gather on Visa denials. It could be anything from being deemed too sick to politics. The website I have added below has more information about the Visa process and why someone could be denied. Though it doesn't explain why Sabreen in particular was denied, I hope it answered your question.

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Jiny S
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, known for fighting for girls' rights to education in impoverished countries that have experience ghastly war atrocities and human right violations. She came into the public spotlight around 2013, when she survive a bullet to the head when the Taliban decided to retaliate her activism.

There’s no one more qualified than Malala to give a voice to the girls displaced in countries of war, violence, and incessant danger. These girls have the
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Skip
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Malala is now a highly visible advocate for women's education, and the youngest ever winner of a Nobel Peace Prize. In this short book, she retells her own terrible story starting in the Swat Valley of Pakistan as it fell prey to the religious fanaticism of the Taliban, resulting in her being shot in the head and medivacked to London, where she became a refugee. Then, she tells the real stories of another 9-10 young women (whom she met in her own world travels) who have been forced to flee their ...more
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week:
Malala Yousafzai collected the stories in We Are Displaced to show that refugees are ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. As the poet Warsan Shire says in her poem Home, "No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. You only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well."

All that differentiates the young women whose stories we'll hear this week is that they found themselves in the middle of a conflict which forc
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Sushil Subedi
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a powerful collection of stories. Emotional, heart wrenching & uplifting at the same time. After I finished reading, it created a void inside and left me thinking what if I was in place of Maria or Ajida?
Abby
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book sharing the stories of young women who were forced to leave their homes, but survived against all odds and fought for those, like them, needed advocates. I am so grateful that this book exists, that its proceeds go to the Malala fund, and that all the stories are diverse and real and complicated. There's also a section on how you can help at the end. REQUIRED READING, FOR PEOPLE IN POLITICS ESPECIALLY.

Like the book I finished right before diving into this one – "THEY CA
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Madalina G
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing, emotional collection of stories! But these are not the stories of fiction, they are the stories of fact, of young women who have left their worn torn homes and travelled in dangerous conditions to reach a small level of freedom and safety. And during this whole time they were treated as if they were less than human, with no rights, with no feelings. There is Sabreen who survived a harrowing journey to Italy in a small fishing boat. There is Mariá, who had to flee her home in the ...more
Michelle Weston
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every person concerned about humanity needs to read this. True. Honest. Real. Resilient. The refugee crisis is humanity’s crisis. Every person deserves safety. Every person deserves a home. It’s a HUMAN RIGHT. This book will help you see that through the eyes and lens of strong women/girls who desperately wanted to stay in their country but couldn’t for fear of their very LIFE...their stories will tear you apart inside and put you in their shoes with each page turned. They have experienced so mu ...more
Bettie☯
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC listeners
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura


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Description: Malala Yousafzai collected the stories in We Are Displaced to show that refugees are ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. As the poet Warsan Shire says in her poem Home, "No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. You only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well."

All that differentiates the young women whose stories we'll hear this week is that they found themselves in the middle of a co
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Tamara Fuentes
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arcs, signed-copies
Heartbreaking and ultimately life changing, Malala gives a platform to a group of girls who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to get their story told. It's a fast and easy read, perfect for anyone to pick up and learn more about these young women who have had to flee their home for safety. Each story is powerful and equally moving, leaving you thinking and wanting to do everything for them. While the stories can be hard to read at times, they leave with you hope that these women succeed in ...more
Diana Passy
"Nunca deixa de me chocar que as pessoas considerem a paz algo garantido. Sou grata por ela todos os dias. Nem todo mundo tem essa sorte. Milhões de homens, mulheres e crianças testemunham guerras todos os dias. A realidade dessas pessoas envolve violência, lares destruídos, vidas inocentes perdidas. A única escolha que têm para se manter seguras é ir embora. Então elas 'escolhem' ficar longe de casa. Só que não é exatamente uma escolha."

"Muita gente acha que refugiados deveriam sentir apenas du
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Jessica
Many people think refugees should feel only two things: gratitude toward the countries that granted them asylum and relief to be safe. I don't think most people understand the tangle of emotions that comes with leaving behind everything you know. They are not only fleeing violence—which is why so many are forced to leave, and is what's shown on the news—but they are escaping their countries, their beloved homes. That seems to get lost in the conversation about refugees and internally displaced p
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Emma-Kate Schaake
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Importance: 5 stars
Enjoyment actually reading it: 3

These stories of displacement are so important to hear, especially today when asylum seekers and immigrants are degraded into stereotypes and single stories. It just read a little middle grade for me, and I wanted more, but the writing level will just make it more applicable to a wider range of readers!
Laurie
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Review to come, hanging out with Ead, Tané, Queen Sabran, Doctor Roos and the others in The Priory Of The Orange Tree for a bit
Esha Tahir
Amazing book...i love it!!!
Jojo
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyday we hear stories of more refugees coming to our shores, but by writing in the first person about real women who have struggled and survived and about why they ended up in such awful circumstances it humanises what could be just a numbers game. A much needed book to remind us that 'but for the grace of God go I'.
Max Coggan
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing short short stories from young displaced refugees. You see them as real people. They show the strength of the human will and trust and test their limits.
Jeana
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is heartbreaking, and everyone needs to read it. The stories of the girls and women need to be heard so we can truly understand the horrors these girls and women faced in their home countries. I actually cried through one of the stories. This is a powerful, eye-opening book. Now what can we do?
Irene
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Malala Yousafzai is not a refugee, but she knows what it's like to be forced to leave everything behind in your home country, and to start a new life in a foreign country. She writes, "Truth be told, I don't want to keep telling my story...but...if by telling my story I can take the light people shine on me and reflect it onto others, well, that is what I will do." (p. 47)

The first part of this book is a memoir in which Malala describes being an internally displaced person (IDP) in Pakistan, an
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Joanne Corkett
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Varsha
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a subject that needs to be written about. Talking about immigrants and refugees in numbers and statistics does no justice to them. Each of their stories is precious, is a real lived experience and must be shared. In these days of anti immigrant rhetoric, it is important to know that to choose to leave a home, a country, is not a choice at all, as Malala puts it. The fact that she gives a platform to girls like her who have been displaced, is the sole reason I’ve rated this book as a 4, b ...more
Jenny Thompson
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, nonfiction
We Are Displaced is a short but mighty book. Yousafzai has clearly taken a look at the current political situations in many western countries and decided she is not impressed. The book begins with a quick retelling of her own familiar but still deeply disturbing story, then proceeds with a quick series of short stories about the experiences of other displaced young women. Each story is written in the first person, which is a choice I definitely get. First person brings a sense of intimacy, but i ...more
Alicia
While the introduction by Malala could have literally just been a foreword especially because she recounts much of what we've already read of her experiences in her biographies (for different age levels), it does introduce you to her in a way that you would know her if you didn't already.

But the real meat of the story is the various voices telling stories of displacement. In war torn countries or political and social upheaval that explains the process and pain that families and individuals endu
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Ceci
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
It never fails to shock me how people take peace for granted. I am grateful for it every day. Not everyone has it. Millions of men, women, and children witness wars every day. Their reality is violence, homes destroyed, innocent lives lost. And the only choice they have for safety is to leave. To "choose" to be displaced. That is not much of a choice.

Want to do something for refugees? Read this book. Malala has compiled stories from refugee girls from all around the world. It is a fast read as t
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Noelle Walsh
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book created a storm of emotions in me: heartbreak, fear and inspiration. I was left wondering "What if that was me? What would I do if I was in their shoes?" and I honestly have no answers to those questions. This book needs to be read by everyone. Sometimes, people need to be reminded that refugees are people too.
Michelle
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I LOVED this. I think this is an important book--it is short and easy to read, the proceeds go to a good cause, and the book goes a long way to humanize refugees. I think sometimes we get very caught up in thinking about or feeling like we are being "invaded" and viewing refugees as a horde, that we lose sight that they are people, who had reasons to do what they do. This book profiles several young women who had to leave their homes for various reasons, and I really feel that it would be diffic ...more
Megan Beneteau
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most powerful collection of stories I've ever read. It was heart breaking and heartening at the same time. It should be required reading in schools everywhere, it's really reminds people that behind the numbers in the news about refugees are humans with stories of their own
Saajan Ali
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d not say anything against her struggle. Undoubtedly, she has worked a lot for Women’s Education. Unfortunately, these stories seem common to me because being here in Pakistan I regularly see and meet those girls who are not even aware of anything(lack of education) and are being forced to marry at very early ages.
She tried her best to provide us with the struggle stories of those girls who were even not able to survive while being there in refugee camps but continued to struggle for the educ
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Ines Bentchikou
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I just would like to quote Einstein as Malala did: « I am almost ashamed of leaving in such peace while all the rest struggle and suffer. ». In my opinion, this summarises it all...
Dania F
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atlas-reads
Just another reminder of how privileged a lot of us are and to never take peace, security and the advantages of education for granted.
Greg Nybo
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The girls stories help illustrate the difficulties of losing your home and everything familiar.
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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially education of women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
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