Book and Activities: Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy book cover

In Refugee Boy, Alem Kelo’s father is from Ethiopia and his mother is from Eritrea. With the countries at war, the family faces persecution and violence in each place. In an act of desperation, Alem’s dad takes him to London to ‘celebrate’ his 14th birthday and abandons him there to seek asylum while he returns to fight for peace at home. This unforgettable story follows Alem’s attempts to find his feet in a confusing and often hostile country, while in and out of court hearings. Refugee Boy explores the rights of freedom, equality, asylum, protection by law, and the right to food, clothing, housing and health care.

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