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In Flight and Freedom, Ratna Omidvar and Dana Wagner draw on 30 astonishing interviews with refugees to Canada to document their extraordinary journeys of flight. The narrative then turns to contemporary lives and careers, and the impact of refugees-turned-Canadians in the communities they call home, from Halifax to Vancouver. Stories focus on Canadians who arrived as refugees from notable conflicts around the world, from the War of 1812 to the ongoing War in Afghanistan. Beyond conflict zones, other stories profile people from persecuted groups like gay men and women. Notwithstanding the diverse events of a story, the single overriding imperative for all characters can be summed up in one sentence: “We have to run.”
Closing the book is a question: Would they get in to Canada today?
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"The book powerfully makes the case that refugees and their stories are an essential part of Canada’s identity and strength"A reading guide for book clubs
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"Chipping away at Canada's negative legacy to embrace a new, bright future with helping refugees"
Flight and Freedom Stories
Being Rohingya Muslims meant statelessness
Heavy rains helped families in Buthidaung grow vegetables year-round next to their bamboo-frame homes. There was one annual crop of rice, and fish could always be caught in the river. Anwar Arkani was a child in 1978 and most mornings, he began an hour-long walk to school. Life was good. When Anwar first fled his village, all he understood were his mother’s words: “We have to run.” She had survived the 1948 massacre at four years old and her childhood…
Growing up in the shadow of the refugee experience
Bernie Farber examines Flight and Freedom in a Canadian Jewish News article.Read more...