Give Me ShelterGive Me Shelter
Edited By Tony Bradman
Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Book

“It is a seriously important book…Most of all, we learn about the loneliness of being a refugee in a strange country.” –David Self, Paper Tigers

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The phrase ‘asylum-seeker’ is one we see in the media all the time. It stimulates fierce and controversial debate, in arguments about migration, race and religion. The movement of people from poor or struggling countries to those where there may be opportunities for a better life is a constant in human history, but it is something with particular relevance in our own time. This collection of short stories shows us people who have been forced to leave their homes or families to seek help and shelter elsewhere. Some are about young people travelling to other countries, others are concerned with children left behind when parents are forced to flee. These are stories about physical and emotional suffering, but also about the humanity of some people from host countries who act with generosity and sympathy.

Reviews & Accolades
“This is possibly the most depressing children’s book I’ve ever read. It is almost impossible to read more than one chapter at a time without being overwhelmed by despair at our inhumanity – and yet it is shot through with rays of hope that are humbling in their intensity. It is a seriously important book.

Bradman has compiled a series of fictional narratives about young refugees written by those who have themselves been asylum seekers and by those who have worked with them. Although fictional, their stories are grounded in fact and reality. So we read of Sabine and her sister losing their father and escaping from civil war in the Congo, Kareem sent away by his mother to be spared from death in Eritrea, Samir exiled from Baghdad and Jusuf, displaced from Kosovo when Yugoslavia ‘fell apart’. Most of all, we learn about the loneliness of being a refugee in a strange country.

By the end of the book it is hard to know which is the more depressing: the wanton cruelty of tyrants in Somalia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe; the bureaucracy of our own Home Office and assorted petty officials – or self-centred members of the public in host countries.

Critics might say these glimpses of a world-wide problem are emotionally loaded and simplistic. That problem, however, is simple. Children suffer terribly. They need help. We are complacent.” –David Self, Paper Tigers

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Immigration, trauma, family death, refugee live


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