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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
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Abu Zaabel is a prison that sits in Cairo and, in 1998, was a torture chamber and convenient hold for enemies of the regime. Torture in Abu Zaabel was careful work. Inflicting unconsciousness was avoided. Inmates heard everything but saw only contours, like their torturers in balaclavas. And each day, they felt the units of pain and humiliation rise. Just after midnight on August 16, 1998, days before he was taken to Abu Zaabel, Majed El Shafie heard knocking at…
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