Top three non-fiction books about refugees that everyone should read

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman

The book is a collection of first person stories of Syrians who have shared their experiences at different stages of the Syrian revolution. This book would be interesting to anyone who cares about human rights, the refugee crisis, the Middle East, and forced human migration.

This is one of the most powerful and moving books on the refugee crisis from Syria, written in the words of those who have experienced it. What Pearlman has done is unique: to offer refugees a chance to share their voice, to speak with rather than be spoken about. This book is timely and necessary in revealing the truths of the refugee crisis.

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The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri

This book is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the refugee plight. Nayeri writes in a creative non-fiction style, cleverly blending her experiences of being a refugee with those that she meets along her journey. The book follows her personal journey and the refugees she meets along the way in different countries.

The book reflects the complexity of refugee life otherwise overlooked in the media. Nayeri explains how refugees try to find harmony between their identity and their new lives, in a battle of cultural change and assimilation. Nayeri’s own emotions are strong in this book. It can help everyone interested in refugee issues to learn more from a first-hand perspective.

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

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai shares her own story of being an Internally Displaced Person and losing the world she was familiar with. She meets girls on her journeys through refugee camps who have also been displaced by war.

This book is unique in its focus on the female experience, whose voices are often lost or concealed as part of the refugee experience. By sharing their stories, Malala has created a very personal and powerful collection of refugee experiences.

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