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Seeking Refuge: Ali's Story - A Journey from Afghanistan

Andy Glynne, Salvador Maldonado

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 9 years, Prose: non-fiction, Picture books, Personal & social issues: racism & multiculturalis


Real life testimonies of young people feeling their homelands. Originally made as a series of animated films by the BBC, these books explore the experiences of young people whose lives are affected by conflict in their home countries.

This is the story of ten year old Ali from Afghanistan who fled his homeland during the war. He travelled with his grandmother leaving behind his parents who were unable to get a visa. Whilst seeking asylum, he talks of his pain of being separated from them. Although now back in touch, they are unable to be united, and Ali describes his hopes of seeing them again in the future.

Narrated by Ali, we see the devastation that war can have on children and families. Ali doesn't understand what the conflict is about or why he has to be separated from his parents.

Bafta winning films commissioned by BBC Learning and produced by Mosaic Films.

These stories deal with the topics of war, separation, immigration and what it is to be a refugee.

Ali's Story - A Journey from Afghanistan can be used to open up discussions for any age range about seeking asylum.

Other titles in the series include Juliane's Story - A Journey from Zimbabwe, Navid's Story - A Journey from Iran, Rachel's Story - A Journey from Eurasia and Hamid's Story - A Journey from Eritrea.

Ideal for tying into Refugee Week in June 2013.

The films also explore the feelings of isolation that children can experience when they try to adapt to life in a strange country.

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