Homes: A Refugee Story

Homes: A Refugee Story

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria — just before the Syrian civil war broke out.

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy — soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone — and found safety in Canada — with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.

Title:Homes: A Refugee Story
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781988298283

    Homes: A Refugee Story Reviews

  • Chris

    This is not a book. This is an achievement.For every person who doesn't understand the global refugee crisis or the hate that drives policies to close borders, this book is an eye-opener.For every per...

  • Kathleen

    HOMES: A REFUGEE STORY by Abu Baker Al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeungis a charming and warm-hearted book. It is a refugee story like no other. In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope...

  • Brandon

    Homes is the story of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, as told to Winnie Yeung, about his family’s life in both Iraq and Syria before moving to Canada as refugees in 2015.For as long as I can remember, there ha...

  • ??

    I still have one more book on the shortlist to read before the Canada Reads debates start on Monday, but as of right now this is my pick for the win.Homes is a gracefully written book that really capt...

  • Brooke

    “How could the God of my gentle father be the same God of those crazy fanatics who killed in the name of Islam? I hated those people the most. How could they take something so loving and peaceful an...

  • Allison

    A quick read to get a taste of the refugee experience. al Rabeeah and his teacher were astute to take on this project, to document what happened to him, and to help the rest of us even begin to unders...

  • Ann-Marie

    Syrian refugees - we rallied and donated clothes and household items to help families locally get settled, we see new Immigrants on the news grateful to be here - yet we miss their personal stories. T...

  • Emmkay

    Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is a teenage Syrian refugee living in Edmonton with his family. There, he met ESL teacher Winnie Yeung, and they embarked together on the project of telling his and his family’s ...

  • ? Susan G

    Homes makes one think about how lucky we are to be Canadian. I cannot imagine sending my children off to school and having to worry about snipers or suicide bombers. This memoir is told by Bakr, refle...

  • Moonkiszt

    Sobering viewpointI would never have picked this book on my own . . .it is out of every aspect of my experience. I'm grateful the author and his teachers took the time to completely tell this story.Ku...