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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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Adeline Oliver had an infant daughter when she and 14 others from the Coombs estate trekked through a forest that was also a warzone to meet a British ship anchored in the Potomac River, near Fort Washington. Her husband, Moses Oliver, was already gone, on an earlier ship from the same river. Their plan was likely to get out separately and later reunite. Meeting along the Potomac to leave as a family would have been dangerous. They were married, but…
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