Nujeen is one of those people that the world needs more of.
She talks about her life before they became refugees and we really get to see what has helped shaped her into the person she is now. How even though she wasn't able to do what her siblings were, she was still learning.
Did I ever think soap operas would help someone? No, but I am so glad now that they did. No matter how someone learns English or about the world doesn't matter, what does matter is that they do. That everyone has something they're good at and that it is important. Also because of the way she learned things about the world, she was also able to help her family when it came to getting into other countries.
As a fellow wheelchair user, it's always been a question for me of how do you escape when handicap accessible transportation isn't available? The ways that her sister and some of their family members just modified things on the fly and didn't even bat an eye was so nice to see. It was still scary, but the strength that her sister had and the fact that she was also able to stay calm during it all was amazing.
One last thing that I really liked about this book was how Nujeen doesn't just talk about how they escaped, she also brings other people into it as well, and really talks about the crisis that happened and caused them all to have to escape. She's using her voice for so much good and I can't wait to keep learning more about her and seeing what she does in the future!
An amazing account which is extremely hard to review because it's still an ongoing heart breaking situation in the world today. Give Nujeen, her sister and others like them your time and discover what a living nightmare they've been living through for the last five years.
"Prize-winning journalist and the co-author of smash New York Times bestseller I Am Malala, Christina Lamb, now tells the inspiring true story of another remarkable young hero: Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, whose harrowing journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitude, grit, and hope that lends a face to the greatest humanitarian issue of our time, the Syrian refugee crisis.
For millions around the globe, sixteen-year-old Nujeen Mustafa embodies the best of the human spirit. Confined to a wheelchair because of her cerebral palsy and denied formal schooling in Syria because of her illness, Nujeen taught herself English by watching American soap operas. When her small town became the epicenter of the brutal fight between ISIS militants and US-backed Kurdish troops in 2014, she and her family were forced to flee."
"We will just be numbers while the tyrant is engraved in history." Nujeen wondering why history only remembers the names of the dictators and not their victims.
I want to put this book into the hands of every politician on the planet. Nujeen is the face and spirit of Syrians forced out of their homes. The abuse and obstacles she and her sister faced as they met barrier after barrier in their search for peace and rest.
Let us show that we can learn from our mistakes and that we can take pride in doing the right thing, which is seeing refugees as people with the right to live anywhere they want.
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