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A groundbreaking collection of poetry, personal narratives, and art from refugee youth around the world. Foreword by actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller.

Beginning in 2018, Ahmed M. Badr—an Iraqi-American poet and former refugee—traveled to Greece, Trinidad & Tobago, and Syracuse, New York, holding storytelling workshops with hundreds of displaced youth: those l
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Published October 13th 2020 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This compendium of the experiences that these young artists lived though is maybe the most REAL thing I’ve read in awhile. Written by young refugees who possess immense talent, that which can only be unfortunately accompanied by their loss. In a recent conversation with a friend, we stumbled upon the topic of how the plight of the people who suffer through tragedies are often either deindividualized or often made the face of that tragedy, no more than a tokenised symbol to perpetuate grief and g ...more
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing compilation!


A must read for ignorants like myself.

I never had this much idea how mistreated refugees around the world are by the media misusing their power and by those who have been fed by these media the misleading news about them.

In this compilation, there are stories of refugees who have made a mark for themselves as journalists, artists, philanthropists, teachers, poets and writers, photographers and such amazing professions.

The poetry lines are hard-hitting. It just tells
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This book is a very raw and real account of what refugees around the world have and are going through in life. The poetry is very real and heart-renching and the artwork is beautiful and deep. The stories really open your eyes and make you experience visually what happens to people that we don't hear about.
Thank you for such a real and educational book!
Autumn Byrd
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

This review is being published before the release date (October 13th, 2020)

Content/Trigger Warnings: War themes, bombings, refugee crisis, poverty, homelessness, mentions of gang violence, talk of racism, Islamophobia, mentions of terminal illness (cancer), death, murder, mentions of homophobia, mentions of drug abuse and drug addiction, grief, loss of a loved one, trauma, mentions of terrorism

Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley.

This book contains a groundbreaking collection of poetry, personal narratives, and art from refugees all around the world. It is a very complete book. All the stories feel so genuine and deep. I hope all of these young people are alright and following their dreams. I honestly recommend this book to everyone, so that we can all understand how hard it is to believe everything behind. Rating: 4/5
Ghoul Von Horror
Release Date: Oktober 13th, 2020
Genre: Poetry/Travel Stories
Rating: 4 ⭐

What I Liked: The book was good. I liked the combination of his work mixed in with the artwork/pictures of others. The poetry was deep and full of pain and emotion. I could definitely feel his heart with each word. It's a nice collection of words/art/stories. It's not really a standard poetry book.

What I Didn't like: I'm not the right audience for this book once I started reading. Right off the bat I had a sour taste in my m
May Khalil
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful way of giving voice to the voiceless; Touching stories of refugees trying to find their voices, through art, poetry and storytelling.

+ so happy to see the author including a selection of his poems. A personal favorite is: “A thank-you letter from the bomb that visited my home”. In which he invites readers to think about the power of storytelling, by saying and I quote: “What if we rewrote the narrative from the perspective of the thing that hurt us the most. If your tragedy spo
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received and voluntarily read an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Even though it could be read in one sitting, I wanted to take my time with this book, since it's an collection of stories, poetry, photographs and artwork by several different young refugees from around the world.

Some of the pieces are more touching than others, Some of the artwork is childlike- and that's when you take a moment and realize- these ARE children. Child
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gift. It is a gift we have been given by these young people to see just a little deeper into their lives and experiences. These young people show unbelievable strength, vulnerability, insight, courage, curiosity, and resilience. The book recounts unimaginable horrors and trials, but also how people keep going. This book is a collection of poetry, artwork, interviews, and photographs based on the refugee experience. It is humbling, heartbreaking, and encouraging; it is at times unc ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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*Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC*

This collection of artwork, writing, poetry, and interviews from young refugees was beautiful, informative, important, hopeful. Every contributor is introduced with a short profile but Badr, the curator, doesn't overdo it, leaving the individual's art to speak for itself.

Youth is such an important time that shapes the rest of your life and the experience of being a refugee must have such a larger impact at a young age.

This collection really highlights the im
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: artsy, all-the-feels, fav, arc
This is one of the most moving books I've read this year. If not ever.
A collection of poems, art and stories from many refugees, While the Earth Sleeps We Travel shows a lot of heart and a a lot of people that exist with hearts pumping blood not behind, but above the 'refugee' status. I was reading a poem from a girl half a world away from me, and it made me sad and excited at the same time. She' s not much older than I, and I just wanted to ask if she felt alone too, if she liked the bands tha
Luan Dalmas
li pelo NetGalley e queria pra mim :(

O livro é uma reunião de artes feitas por refugiados do Iraq, Afeganistão, Síria, Venezuela, Sudão, Iran, Bangladesh, Palestina, Quênia e Somália. Artistas crianças, adolescentes e adultos que se expressam através da escrita, pinturas, desenhos e palavras.

Tem vários poemas muito bonitos, outros nem tanto; assim como as pinturas. Mas como algum dos artistas (Jafal Osman) diz no livro (em tradução livre): "o ponto não é sempre fazer algo bonito, mas criar arte
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 I stumbled on this important book, and I really wish it was getting more "buzz." I was drawn to it because I appreciate the healing powers of art and think the artists have vital messages to share. The collection isn’t as sorrowful as I expected and felt honored they shared their message in such an intimate way. The book has artists from all over the world, which makes it even more impactful. As a teacher, I think this could be a great classroom resource considering the relatable age of arti ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5/5 stars!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book is so heartbreaking to read. This is the first time I read a book about refugees told by refugees themselves. Most of the people here are either the same age as me or younger, and I just can't imagine that at such a young age they already experienced a lot. I loved all the perspectives and hope each and everyone in this book have and emanates. I
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A really wonderful compilation of artistic works and interviews of refugees to recount their stories and perspectives. The book gives a voice to narratives and points of view that aren't often present in the mainstream media, with parts that will have you both smiling and incredibly sad.

Definite recommendation for anyone to broaden your understanding of the people going through the hardship of being forced to leave everything behind. We're all human in the end.
Mercedes Castillo
A special collection of stories, poetry, and art

My heart is with these refugees and of all those in similar situations. I appreciate the work this author did in putting this book together.
Fatima Anwar
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book make me realise how much we don't know about the refugees. This is a beautiful and heartbreaking collection of poetry, photography, poems and art by the Iraqi refugees. I especially loved the poem "psycho". Each art piece has a deep scar and significance in them. I felt intimately connected to the poems. Some artwork left me awe, while the poems had me in tears.
The language is easy and simple. This book has alot of significance and importance.It speaks about the section of people, whos
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Ahmed M. Badr is a poet and social entrepreneur working to combine poetry, archival material, and multimedia to explore the complexities of migration, identity, and self-expression, with a focus on re-framing and reclaiming the power of tragedy.

On July 25, 2006, Ahmed's home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops. He and his family relocated to Syria, where they lived as refugees for over two yea

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