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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
All over the empire crisscrossed convoys of men, women and children
Posters appeared in the spring of 1915 across the Ottoman Empire with an order for Armenians to leave immediately. They had to gather whatever belongings they could carry at a moment’s notice for a trip with no clear route or end. To the Young Turks still in charge of the crumbling empire, Christian Armenians were a threat to the state. Setting a precedent for skittish leaders of the coming century, they demonized a whole people, partly because some Armenian nationalists had taken up arms…
Growing up in the shadow of the refugee experience
Bernie Farber examines Flight and Freedom in a Canadian Jewish News article.Read more...