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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 ...more
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Published January 8th 2019 by Hachette Audio (first published September 4th 2018)
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Amanda I just listened to the book with my (almost) 12 year old and felt it was appropriate; I recommend listening or reading together to discuss the content…moreI just listened to the book with my (almost) 12 year old and felt it was appropriate; I recommend listening or reading together to discuss the content as some of the topics (mentioned in the other replies) might need some explanation. (less)
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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Maria Espadinha
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An S.O.S to World


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.

In the year 2017 United Nations counted 68.5 million people who were forcibly displaced worldwide. And what do we know about those
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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.

Theres 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
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Kiera
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow, 2019-releases, 2019

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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 their families have settled.

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced
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Cait
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Trigger Warning: Animal death (chickens), war, injury and death, racism, islamophobia, death of a loved one (grandmother and mother), murder, genocide, terrorism, displacement

I have a lot of feelings about this book
Vee
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book made me tear up.
I guess we dont acknowledge are privilege enough until we reas about these kind of stories.
So many incredible people changing this world that should be recognized more often. Thank you, Malala, for giving voice to these women.
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Skip
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, refugees
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
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?
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
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
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Abby
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 humanitys crisis. Every person deserves safety. Every person deserves a home. Its 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 couldnt 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 much ...more
Taylor O
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! As tearful moments of the stories can be, We Are Displaced is an important read for all of us!

All the girls who shared their stories in this book are inspirational. They have gone through so much and their resilience and determination to not just help their families, but pursue studies to help others is inspiring.
Aleff
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
4,5. Such an important book.
Tamara Fuentes
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, signed-copies, 2019
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
Tammy
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring, quick read about the stories of different refugee girls throughout the world.

Side note: My library has this in the adult section, but I didn't think there was anything in it that would be unsuitable for teens.

Popsugar Challenge 2019: A book that's published in 2019

Jenny
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Popsugar Challenge 2019-A book by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America
Lynn
Moving anthology of stories presented by Malala (including her own story). All female accounts from across the world telling readers about their plight. Some are resettled in new countries, some are still in refugee camps. One woman is an American who talks about resetting refugees. I was shocked most by her story because it is the position I am in. She describes putting them in a house that clearly wouldnt pass building codes and would be barred from habitation. The refugee resettlement ...more
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 violencewhich is why so many are forced to leave, and is what's shown on the newsbut they are escaping their countries, their beloved homes. That seems to get lost in the conversation about refugees and internally displaced
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Phil Jensen
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first part, all about Malala's life before the shooting, was awesome. I read it in an afternoon. The rest, short stories about refugees, was just okay, and I read it over about six months. I finished the book mainly because the library wouldn't let me renew it any more.

It's pretty good. I was surprised by the diversity of the refugee stories. Some of them were clearly fleeing genocide, and were the types of refugees that the designation is clearly meant for. Others were fleeing dangerous
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Nayab
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I am so happy I read this book, even though it made me cry. These are just 11 stories of displaced girls from all over the world (from Syria to Uganda to Myanmar and more)..but there are 68.5 million displaced people globally. We need to educate ourselves on their challenges and what we can do to help, even if its just by welcoming a new refugee kid in school. I love that the proceeds from the book go to a good cause. Even just reading the book helps put a face to the word refugee crisis, which ...more
Elise Paty
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing!!! I couldnt put it down! The stories told by the young women in this book were heartbreaking, yet beautiful. I admire their courage and consider it a privilege to hear their personal stories of struggle, trauma, loss, and bittersweet new beginnings as they leave their homes for another city or country in order to escape danger.

As I was reading through this book, I realized how news headlines about genocides, civil unrest and political tension surrounding how to handle the
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Ellen
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written and emotional collection of stories from displaced girls around the world. I was glad to see a focus on displacements of all kinds, not just "developing world" to "first world" countries. Many girls were displaced within their own countries or moved to other countries in the region of their homelands. It gives young readers, and even some less-geographically-minded older readers, some insights into the many centers of conflict around the world and the groups being affected. An ...more
Claudia
Malala has worked hard to expand her message...to remind the world she's NOT the only child who was displaced, forced to flee from her home. She knows her story, even with the horrific attack, does not equal the suffering that many refugees face.

She uses her platform here to add more voices. To introduce us to other survivors who want the right to live, to go to school (interesting that most of the girls in this book are pursuing, or want to pursue, degrees in nursing...they want to give back,
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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!
Isaiah
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To see a full review of this book check it out here.

I sobbed my way through this book. Buy the book. Support Malala Yousafzai. This book is just another example of why she is my hero.
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'.
Esha Tahir
Amazing book...i love it!!!
Laurie
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sreeya
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malala sheds light on the refugee crisis around the world and gives the opportunity for other young women to tell their stories of escaping war. It is absolutely heartbreaking reading what these girls went through. We truly take peace for granted.
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.
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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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